MACON, Ga. - Social media is already buzzing about a potent weather system that will impact the southeast this weekend. Part of the system will bring plenty of rain while the other side of the storm will be very snowy.
The track of this weather system will be very important. It's also important to realize that this system is still days away, meaning things can and will change between now and then.
So, is snow in Middle Georgia's forecast? Officially, the short answer is no, but some data suggests a few flakes could fly by early next week if you are north of Macon. No accumulation is expected at this time.
We know this will be a very wet system and will bring another round of heavy rain to the area. The track this weather system takes will ultimately decide the impacts. A track across Alabama and north Georgia means a very wet weekend for Middle Georgia. A track further south through Florida and off the Georgia coast would mean better chances for winter weather following a cold, wet weekend.
People in North Carolina are likely to see a lot of snow, with some areas in the mountains likely seeing at least a foot of snow by the end of this weekend.
If we were to see some snow flakes, how common would that be this early in the season? More common than you may think. Go back to December 8-9, 2017 and you'll remember a big snow storm in north Georgia that brought a light dusting of snow to areas northwest of Macon.
It's been 8 years since the Macon area saw measurable snow in December. Macon saw 0.1" of snow on Christmas Day that year.
While it's fun to think about snow heading for Middle Georgia, the bigger story is the additional rain in our forecast. This system could produce another multi-inch rain total just a week after flooding forced people from their homes. We anticipate many areas seeing another 2 to 3 inches of rain this weekend, possibly renewing flood concerns.
As of Tuesday evening, plan on a soggy weekend, and don't be surprised when we mention the chance for a few flakes of snow north of Macon by early next week. It's also important to establish that we are far from buying bread and milk and kids should still plan on going to school come Monday morning.
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