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Ice Storm 2014 - Day 3: Snow finally ends, thaw begins
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Ice Storm 2014 - Day 3: Snow finally ends, thaw begins

Ice Storm 2014 - Day 3: Snow finally ends, thaw begins
Photo Credit: David Tulis
College roommates Laura Somenzi, right, Nicole Lacek, and Katherine Krueger, left, walk with their belongings through the snow and ice to a friend's house after the electricity went out in their Emory University neighborhood during a winter storm on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Atlanta. Freezing rain, sleet and snow accumulating on trees and power lines contributed to power outages across the state for over 175,000 residences and businesses. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Ice Storm 2014 - Day 3: Snow finally ends, thaw begins

By lunch time Thursday, this giant system that brought a historic ice storm to metro Atlanta will be someone else’s problem.

“The worst of it will be transferring to the north and east away from Georgia,” says WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish. “We’ve kind of gotten through this as best we could hope for.”

There will be a fresh coating of snow and sleet on the ground for most in metro Atlanta to start the day on Thursday. The last of the snow ending between sunrise and 1pm.

Then we get to the melting. That will come later Thursday. But there is a lot of work to do.

“Things are still going to be very tricky the first half of Thursday,” said Mellish.

High temperatures on Thursday will reach the low 40s with increasing sun. So if the ice is not in the shade, it could melt away. However there is much more ice and snow to get rid of than there was two weeks ago, but we will be much warmer than with the last snow and that will help alot.

So getting to work still seems unlikely on Thursday. Plus, we will go back below freezing again Thursday night. Mellish is looking at lows 27-30.

But Friday you might have a better shot in the afternoon.

“I think things will be improving quite a bit,” says Mellish.

Mellish is calling for highs to move to around 52. Lows will be near 30. There is a 60 percent chance of light rain for your Valentine’s Day evening.

Once we get to the weekend, all of this should be a faint memory. It will be a decent amount of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. Highs Saturday will be in the upper 40s, while we warm up to about 54 on Sunday. But Mellish says the cure for cabin fever comes next week with highs in the 60s to near 70 by the middle or end of the week!

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