Snow Falls In Georgia; More On The Way!
It’s a rare occurrence these days to see snow in Georgia. I guess with global warming going on now, we just don’t get the cold air and moisture together as much. On Wednesday afternoon around 3, little flakes of the white stuff began to fall. It was like that for about an hour or two and then those small white flakes became the big, juicy, wet flakes. Those that are great for building snowmen; thats the type of flakes we started getting then. It didn’t take it long, once the big flakes started falling. The ground was glazed in a white, wintry coat and its something our yard hasn’t seen in years. We have had our light dustings, but this was a lot of snow and you could just barely see the blades of grass coming out around midnight that night.
I got out and built a snowman that you can still see now. It was just perfect snow for building a snowman. It wasn’t that cold outside either, with the temperatures hovering around 32 degrees. It was the perfect time to be outside and playing in the snow, even though it was dark and around 10PM Wednesday Night when I was building my snowman. Our satellite dish had so much snow to get caked on it, which I had to get a ladder out and climb on top of the house around midnight that night, so I could rake the snow out of the satellite dish. We were beginning to lose our signal because there was so much snow accumulating on the dish.
I would estimate that Canton, Georgia received 2 inches of snow. That is about how much was in our yard. We live in a holler and the cold temperatures that drop low to the surface, probably created freezing temperatures earlier than other parts of Canton. On the ABC channel 2 news in the Atlanta area, they reported that Waleska had 3 inches of snow. Waleska is in Cherokee County and about 12 minutes away from my home in Canton, Georgia. The school system did shut down on Thursday and all Cherokee County Schools were closed.
Now as excited as the kids were for this latest snow storm (adults too….lol), it looks like we might be bracing for another low pressure area developing in the Gulf of Mexico. Once this low pressure develops in the Gulf, we will begin to see moisture to start flowing ashore over parts of New Orleans Louisiana, Mobile Alabama, and around parts of the pan handle of Florida like Pensacola, Destin, Panama City Beach, Florida. This moisture coming in over these parts will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia and once it moves through Atlanta it will find Canton in Cherokee County. I live about an hour or 40 miles north of Atlanta and our temperatures are normally colder than Atlanta and we generally get a bit more snow than Atlanta does. This new round of winter weather should be getting to the Atlanta Metro Area around 4 AM Saturday Morning. The computer models say that rain will be snow by 7 AM as of right now. Once the snow starts falling at 7AM Saturday, the temps should continue to fall and the snow should last until noon and maybe a little longer. They are forecasting for 1 to 2 inches of snow in my area of Canton or in Cherokee County, Georgia. This snow might last longer on the ground, as the temperatures will be very cold over the next few days past Saturday.
This snow is great for our drought situation in North Georgia. Today they said Lake Allatoona that is in Cobb County, Cherokee County and Bartow County has now reached full winter time capacity. It’s been filling up since December 14th, 2007 and that is the day the lake took in more water than it released down stream. It’s been doing that ever since mid-December and now on January 17th we have reached the full capacity for our winter time levels! What does this mean for the folks in Cobb County Georgia? Bartow County Georgia? Cherokee County Georgia? Kennesaw Georgia? Marietta Georgia? Cartersville Georgia? Acworth Georgia?
THE DROUGHT IS OVER FOR THE PEOPLE AROUND ALLATOONA LAKE!!
Yes, with the rainfall and snow that has been in our area over the last month has filled the lake up to its winter-time levels and we can go back to using our water like we normally would. Let’s just hope that the rest of winter and spring has a lot of moisture associated during that time, so we can experience a full lake this summer!Click here for reuse options!
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