Parts of N. Georgia mountains see graupel ahead of snow. This is what graupel is...

ATLANTA — Parts of the North Georgia mountains are seeing what is called graupel.

Channel 2′s Richard Elliot is in Cherry Log, Georgia where he described a “sleety, icy mix” falling.

Graupel are soft, small pellets formed when supercooled water droplets freeze onto a snow crystal.


It is often called snow pellets or soft hail. Graupel particles are fragile and generally melt when you touch them.

Graupel is different from hail and ice pellets. Hail is common in thunderstorms, while graupel typically falls in winter storms, especially at higher elevations.

Parts of the North Georgia mountains could eventually see 6-10 inches of snow once the storm has passed.