Atlanta is dreaming of a white Christmas, and the possibility of snow on Christmas Day is becoming more and more a reality. In a statement issued early today, the National Weather Service predicted that Atlanta could see 1-3 inches of accumulating snow. The last time Atlanta saw any snow on Christmas Day was in 1993 when a trace fell. The last time there was measurable snow on Christmas Day in Atlanta was more than a century ago in 1882, when .3 inch accumulated.
Other news outlets are also predicting a white Christmas for Atlanta. WSB-TV has the following post on its website: “Cloudy and windy with showers in the morning and snow in the afternoon and evening. Possible accumulations in North Georgia. Temperature in the 30s.” The Weather Channel says, “No matter what scenario plays out along the East Coast, confidence is growing that snow will greet parts of the South on Christmas Day through Sunday, December 26th. The same storm that will eventually track along the East Coast will first dive into the South and drop snow and/or sleet over parts of Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.” However, the National Weather Service also adds, “There is still a lot of uncertainty about the storm’s projected path. Any deviation to the north or south could mean the difference between rain or snow, as well as total amounts.”
Well, families – you know what this means. The run on bread and milk at local grocery stores will begin in earnest tomorrow. For kids in Atlanta, a white Christmas would be a unique treat. Ah…snowmen, sledding, hot apple cider. In Hotlanta! Who could have predicted this scenario? Kyle Molter, a 7th grader from Woodstock says, “We’ve never had snow on Christmas in Atlanta. Ever. That would be so cool!”
The possibility of a white Christmas poses travel problems. Georgia DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon says there are a couple of ways families can plan ahead to make things a little easier. “Call 511 from any phone and you can get real time travel information,” McKinnon advises. “You can actually tell them what route you’re going to be on and they can tell you what the traffic’s like on that route at that time,” he adds. McKinnon also says if you have a computer, you can also go to Georgia Navigator and see real time traffic cameras to tell what road conditions are like.
So, what do you think? Are you excited about the possibility of a white Christmas in Atlanta? Do you even own a sled or a snow shovel? Does this forecast impact your travel plans? Be sure to leave your thoughts and comments below.
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