Winter storm watch includes Gwinnett, Forsyth, other metro counties

A winter storm watch will go into effect Sunday night and remain in place Monday for several north Georgia counties, including many in the metro Atlanta area.

The watch — which warns of the potential for “significant” freezing rain and snow — covers a total of 17 counties. It includes Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Madison counties, as well as parts further north.

There is no threat of winter precipitation during the day Sunday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said, but up to a quarter-inch of ice accumulation is possible overnight Sunday and into Monday morning. As much as two inches of snow is possible in higher elevations.

Icy roads and downed trees and power lines are possible.

Monahan called Monday’s forecast “very, very complicated … at this point.”

“Around Atlanta itself,” Monahan said, “[we’re] expecting a period of freezing rain and then over to just plain rain. But in the northeast suburbs on up into the north Georgia mountains, a mix of freezing rain, sleet and some snow.”

Most metro Atlanta school districts do not have classes Monday in observance of President’s Day. Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing by about 11 a.m., Channel 2 meteorologists said.