Atlanta Snow: Stay off Georgia’s Appalachian Trail, Forest Service says

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

With snow predicted for the weekend, Forest Service officials are asking folks to stay off the Appalachian Trail and out of the high elevations of the Chattahoochee National Forest.

“Stay off the Appalachian Trail at this time for personal safety and to avoid further stress on local emergency responders who very likely will not be able to respond to trail emergencies because of unsafe and inaccessible conditions predicted with the impending winter storm,” Steven Bekkerus, public affairs officer for Region 8, wrote in a Jan. 6 press release.

Bekkerus warns that trail conditions can quickly change and that weather conditions in high elevation areas may differ significantly from conditions in nearby areas.

Some northern areas of metro Atlanta could see up to five inches of snow, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton says.

Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency order covering 79 Georgia counties, including all of metro Atlanta.