A blast of winter weather is going to make Friday morning a cold one for metro Atlanta, possibly the coldest one in nearly two years. And it will feel even colder than what the thermometer says, according to meteorologists.
“This is the arctic express coming our way,” meteorologist David Chandley with Channel 2 Action News said.
But we’ll likely be spared from snow or ice — this time. Areas in extreme north Georgia could see some flurries, but no major accumulation is expected, Chandley said.
“As this front comes in, it’s possible it’s going to squeeze out a few snowflakes,” Chandley said. “We may get a few flurries in the northern suburbs.”
Icy roads are also possible in higher elevations in north Georgia. In the metro area, temperatures are expected to plunge overnight Thursday into Friday morning, when lows may barely reach 20 degrees, Chandley said.
With the windy conditions on the way, it could feel like it’s below zero outside early Friday. By Friday afternoon, temperatures will warm only to the upper 30s, despite the sunny skies.
Snow started falling around 8 p.m. Thursday in Union County, where roads crews were preparing to battle icy spots. Flurries were spotted in Cherokee County and north Fulton County, but melted as they hit the ground.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for the metro area and north Georgia until 7 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
The Weather Service said snow accumulations of up to an inch are possible at elevations above 1,500 feet, while icy roads will be possible at any elevation in those counties.
No major flight delays were being reported Thursday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to the FAA. But flights in and out of airports in New York and Chicago were delayed due to snow and ice.
Some 300 Delta Air Lines flights and connections were cancelled at various airports in the Northeast, a spokeswoman for the airline said.
Temperatures are expected to climb gradually Saturday and Sunday, Chandley said. But another winter blast is on the way to the metro area late Sunday, possibly bringing frozen precipitation to the metro area.