Athens area could see snow overnight Friday

Snow rests on a holly bush at the University of Georgia after a wintry mix came through Athens, Ga., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Photo/ John Roark, Athens Banner-Herald)

The Athens area and northeast Georgia might get a dusting of snow this weekend.

 

Forecasters are warning that a winter storm could soon bring snow and a wintry mix of precipitation to a large section of the South.

Athens area motorists could experience hazardous driving conditions Friday evening and Saturday morning, according to forecasters.

The National Weather Service’s Peachtree Center weather station predicts a mixture of snow and rain Friday evening, with a low overnight of about 30 degrees.

In Athens and other parts of the state to the north, the mix could produce black ice and slick roads on Saturday, forecasters warned in a “Hazardous Weather Outlook.”

The National Weather Service said there remained “significant uncertainty” Thursday about the snowfall amounts and which parts of Georgia will see it.

Regardless, emergency services urge extra caution in potentially hazardous conditions. \

AAA recommends the public avoid driving if possible. For those who must be on the road, AAA says motorists should slowly accelerate and brake, keep a safe distance between other motorists, do not use cruise control and always wear a seat belt.

Areas most likely to see snow accumulations between a half inch and 1 inch are roughly along the Interstate 85 corridor, including Athens. Narrower bands of heavier precipitation are possible.

The snow expected is the tail end of a Southern snowstorm expected to sweep across Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and north Georgia starting Friday into Saturday.

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