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Light snow or flurries possible across South Georgia

An area of low pressure off the Atlantic coast of Florida will provide the potential for freezing rain, sleet and snow before sunrise Wednesday through the early afternoon. / NWS

There is an enhanced confidence of a significant winter weather event occurring across South Georgia starting late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon. Precipitation will develop across northeast Gulf of Mexico after Midnight, quickly spreading/developing E and NE over the region.

A developing area of low pressure will interact with a very cold air mass to support areas of light snow, or flurries, Wednesday, across portions of South Georgia. Locations from Americus to Macon to Milledgeville to Warrenton are included in this area. This area is expected to be on the northern fringe of heavier precipitation that will impact most of southeast Georgia, where Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been issued.

Accumulations vary across South Georgia. A dusting to a quarter inch of snow in western neighborhoods may cause isolated slick spots on roads, especially on bridges and overpasses. Areas that see the most accumulation will be to the east of I-75. Current expectation is for 2-4 inch snowfall western half of southeast Georgia with some local snowfall amounts of up to a half foot particularly over Coffee, Atkinson, Jeff Davis, Bacon, Appling, and northern Ware counties late Tuesday night through Wednesday. This will be accompanied with some ice pellets (sleet) during the same period.

Possible local impacts include: snapped tree branches, downed power lines and poles, widespread electric outages, stranded motorists, disruption of emergency services, even small amounts of ice and and snow can cause hazardous driving conditions.

Areas along and east of Interstate 75 are under a WINTER STORM WARNING from 1 a.m. until 12 p.m. Wednesday. Counties include: Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas and Tift. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.Mixed precipitation expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued from 1 a.m. until 12 p.m. Wednesday for Mitchell, Turner, and Worth. Telfair and Wilcox are under the advisory from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.

If you don't have to go outside, don't. Stay off the roads if you are expecting, and experiencing, wintry precipitation.

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