METRO ATLANTA — The first signs of snow falling have been confirmed in parts of the north Georgia mountains.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said that the Winter Weather Warning has been extended into northern metro Atlanta counties and an advisory will be in place for the rest of the metro area.
Parts of far northeast Georgia could see up to 10 inches of snow. In metro Atlanta, you could see 1 to 2 inches depending on how far north you live.
Nitz said the snow and ice combination could easily make for very hazardous driving conditions and slippery roads along with posing a threat to trees and power lines.
WSB-TV viewers in Rabun and Gwinnett counties have sent in videos of snow flurries falling in their areas.
In addition to the snow and ice threats, winds will gust 50 - 60 miles in places and are likely to bring down trees, limbs and power lines.
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Counties under a Winter Weather Warning include: Banks, Barrow, Chatooga, Cherokee, Clay, Dade, Dawson, Forsyth, Fannin, Gilmer, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Madison, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, Walker and White.
Counties under a Winter Weather Advisory include: Carroll, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Greene, Haralson, Jackson, Morgan, Newton, North Fulton, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Polk, Rockdale, South Fulton and Walton.
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Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency ahead of the system. The order covers Georgia counties north of I-20 and makes resources available for preparation and recovery. In addition, it makes up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops ready to respond.
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Here is what to know about this weekend’s winter weather system.
- Widespread 2-5″ snowfall totals are possible from the northeast metro and into the mountains; there will also likely be some ice as well
- In town, an inch or so of snow is possible with higher amounts in the near northern suburbs
- Southside will mainly see rain though it could end as a period of winter mix late Sunday
- Think about your plans and how to prepare!
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