Still hoping for snow? Not likely this winter for Atlanta

There’s still several weeks of winter to go. But those sleds and snow boots probably won’t be needed, according to Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns with Channel 2 Action News.

“I think I am prepared to call it,” Burns posted on Facebook late Friday. “I don't think we will see any snow this winter...or even in March. There are too many signals pointing to the above average temps continuing well into spring.”

March snow isn’t unheard of in Atlanta. The “Storm of the Century,” as it became known, hit metro Atlanta on Saturday, March 13, 1993. The snow began falling early that morning and didn’t stop. Nearly 3 feet fell across parts of extreme north Georgia, with Union County reporting 35 inches.

But not this year, Burns said.

Instead, expect several inches of rain in metro Atlanta through the next week, Burns said. But temperatures won’t be cold enough for any frozen precipitation.

“El Niño (is) likely to continue well into spring, too,” Burns posted. “The silver lining with El Niño is a less severe spring storm season.”