Forecast: Snow in North Georgia's "Mountains"

Published Feb 25, 2014

Historic Appalachian Trail Plaque at Neel Gap, GA, placed by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Historic Appalachian Trail Plaque at Neel Gap, GA, placed by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Here's a heads-up from the National Weather Service about some snowy weather and cold temperatures that are forecast on or about 2-26-14 for the North Georgia mountains.

As my dear departed father used to say, "Those aren't mountains! They're pimples!" as he compared the beloved "mountains" of my adopted homeland to the Himalayas he was called upon to more-than-summit in a Consolidated B-24 Liberator many years prior.

We are only telling you about the wintry forecast for your information, not to scare you off the Trail or blah, blah, blah.

You might want to wait a day before hitting Springer or you might want a tale to tell as soon as you hit the Appalachian Trail. Your choice.

Are you this committed to what lies (lays?) ahead? ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Are you this committed to what lies (lays?) ahead? ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

If you're already on the Trail, you're committed and there's no turning back because of a few (or a million) snowflakes!

With that in mind, here is the February 25, 2014 Special Weather Statement for North Georgia from the National Weather Service:

"This afternoon and tonight:

There is a slight chance for a wintry mix tuesday night into Wednesday along and north of a Rome to Canton to Commerce Georgia Line including the North Georgia Mountains...generally above 1000 Feet.

Precipitation may begin as a rain and sleet mix around midnight before becoming a sleet and snow mix during the overnight hours.

Precipitation is expected to end by 7 am Wednesday across most locations. Temperatures are expected to remain near or just below freezing during the early morning hours which may result in some black ice on elevated surfaces.

Temperatures will rise above freezing by mid-to-late morning Wednesday. Total sleet and snow amounts are expected to be light and remain less than a half inch.

Wednesday through Monday:

A cold arctic high will build into the region during the day Wednesday resulting in well below normal and below freezing temperatures overnight Wednesday night and Thursday night."

Don't give up.

Click Here for NWS Forecast for GA's Vogel State Park


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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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