Douglas County and much of north Georgia could see snow Friday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Weather Advisory for several counties including Douglas. The advisory, which affects counties northwest of a line from LaGrange to Jonesboro to Lawrenceville to Hiawassee including the Atlanta metro area, was set to take effect at 5 a.m. Friday and end at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Forecasters say Douglas County could get 1-2 inches of snow, and possibly a little more than that depending on temperatures and the duration and intensity of precipitation.
But as of Thursday night, the school system and city and county governments planned to operate during their normal hours Friday.
Portia Lake, spokesperson for Douglas County Schools, said Thursday night the decision had been made to open schools as scheduled Friday.
“Weather conditions are expected to be safe for Friday morning, afternoon and evening,” Lake said.
Superintendent Trent North said after consulting with the county’s Emergency Management Agency and Tim Scott, assistant superintendent of district operations, “our greatest concern is the safety on the roads Saturday morning.”
“Any precipitation over Friday night could freeze depending on the road temperatures,” North said. “We are closely monitoring that situation and will make a decision Friday with student safety in mind.”
County spokesman Rick Martin said the courthouse planned to be open during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Douglasville city government offices were also expected to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Robbins said late Thursday while most locations in the Winter Weather Advisory area could see 1-2 inches of snow, he said he believes snowfall amounts may be a bit higher in the western counties including Douglas and Carroll, where temperatures will be colder.
Robbins said he expected rain to “overspread” the area late Thursday and then change into snow Friday morning around 8 a.m. He said temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day Friday, into the lower 30s Friday afternoon. He said the snow should end by Friday evening.
“I want to reiterate that the ground is warm and the initial snow will melt on contact,” Robbins said in his forecast late Thursday. “Accumulation will depend on the expected duration and intensity of the snow, as well as the expected drop in temperature as the snow falls.”