More flurries possible in greater Chattanooga area on New Year's Eve

More flurries possible in greater Chattanooga area on New Year's Eve

December 27th, 2012 by Shelly Bradbury in Local Regional News

In this file photo, Anessa Douglas attempts to catch snowflakes on her tongue before her dance lesson at Body Fit Concepts on Lookout Mountain.

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.


* Thursday - high 45, low 29

* Friday - high 54, low 38

* Saturday - high 47, low 29

Light snow flurries fell throughout the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia on Wednesday afternoon - the remnants of a severe weather system that moved through the South on Christmas Day.

"There are snow showers out there, but most of it is melting right now," Channel 3 Eyewitness News meteorologist Paul Barys said Wednesday evening. "There might be an accumulation in the higher elevations, but by [today] it will all be gone."

The snow, rain and high winds that hit the Chattanooga area Christmas night and Wednesday were part of the same storm system that brought damaging winds to Alabama, said meteorologist Jessica Winton, with National Weather Service at Morristown, Tenn.

"But because it got to us overnight and we're farther north, it just wasn't as severe as we were originally thinking," she said. "Although there were high winds."

Wednesday's snow won't stick, the meteorologists agreed.

"I highly doubt you'll get any accumulation whatsoever," Winton said. "It doesn't look like the temperatures will allow that."

Today's weather should be partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid-40s, Barys said, which will turn into a rainy Saturday, dry Sunday and rainy New Year's Eve.

The Chattanooga area could have snow flurries as the New Year starts, Winton said. The snow might dust a few cars and rooftops but shouldn't affect travelers. Most areas will have less than 1 inch, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

"Just be careful, especially on bridges and overpasses," Barys said, adding that higher elevations might be slippery. "The only thing I worry about is the roads -- when it gets in the 20s, that's when we get a few slick spots."

Kent McMullen, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree, Ga., said snow flurries were reported as far south as Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon.

"Nothing is sticking on pavement at this time," he said. "We really don't expect any kind of road problems."

He added that the colder weather and snow showers are more usual winter fare than the high temperatures the region has been seeing.

"This is what a typical Georgia winter is like," he said. "We've been spoiled."