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It's Atlanta's first significant snow fall in a few years.
"Roads will not improve until sunshine increases tomorrow afternoon when the temperature edges above 32 degrees," says WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish.
Mellish says this is a "different" type of snow forecast for Atlanta. "Not the typical way we get snow of a big impact around Atlanta. In this case, it was a case of an upper level disturbance in the Jet Stream pulling moisture out of the Gulf and over running the Arctic air. Models don't perform well in this type situation, because there's no actual low pressure storm center which is normally what's required for Atlanta to get meaningful snow, so the computer models are of little use so I lean on experience." Kirk updated his forecast to 1-3 inches areawide at 11am on Tuesday.
Wednesday will remain cold but sunshine should melt some of the snow in the afternoon. Mellish is calling for partly cloudy skies afternoon with a high of only 31-34. Another bitter cold night is on the way, with lows 12-to-19, which Mellish warns will re-freeze whatever is left for Wednight and Thursday morning.
Thursday will see highs in the low-40s under mostly sunny skies. Lows drop down to the mid-20s.
The warm-up continues into the weekend. Mellish is calling for highs in the low-50s on Friday and then temps could reach 60 or better Saturday. There is a 30 percent chance of a little rain to start the weekend. Lows will be from 37-to-45.