Cold days ahead: County could see light accumulation of snow

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville resident Almir Lisinovic watched his 4-year-old son skip rocks over an ice-covered portion of a pond at Rhodes Jordan Park early Monday afternoon.

"It's nice weather," the native Bosnian said. "It's cold, but not too cold."

Lisinovic said he likes snow. Later this week, it's possible he may see some.

Most places in North Georgia, including Gwinnett County, could see snow and some light accumulation on Thursday, said Matt Sena, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Peachtree City office.

Slippery road conditions could develop in time for Thursday's afternoon rush hour, so Sena advises people to pay attention to the forecasts this week.

Jon Richards, who runs www.lawrencevilleweather.com, said the area might get snow on Thursday -- but it might not.

"I'm reluctant to say, 'Yes, absolutely, we're going to have snow,'" Richards said. "... We're just going to have to wait and see."

The frigid temperatures were caused by a high-pressure system that brought in cold weather from the Northwest, and it has remained cold -- with lows dipping into the teens and highs in the 30s -- because that high-pressure system is staying in place, Richards said.

Meanwhile, a storm developing off the Gulf Coast is headed north, he said.

"The question is will the high-pressure system cut the moisture off, essentially, that will be coming from the other way," Richards said.

Whether it snows or not, Sena predicts it will stay cold for the next four to seven days.

In general, the average high for this time of year is around 52 degrees, while the average low is around 34. But during winter in Georgia and throughout the Southeast, it's normal to have cold spells as well as warm spells.

"We're hardly ever near the normals," Sena said. "We're just in a very cold pattern right now."

Severely cold weather increases the possibility of emergencies such as hypothermia, said Nancy Brockway, chief emergency services officer of the Atlanta Red Cross.

"Winter can be a beautiful time of year in Atlanta, but it also brings quiet dangers such as brutally cold temperatures," she said. "Everyone, especially senior citizens and children, should take precautions to guard against hypothermia this winter."

Loganville resident Jennie Harbin said she stays warm in the winter by staying indoors.

"This is a cold winter we're having," she said.

Dacula resident Jimmy Neal, who has sold firewood for 15 years, said cold weather brings him more customers. He said he started to see an increase in sales on Sunday.

-- Photo editor Jason Braverman contributed to this report.