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Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch

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(National Weather Service- Tallahassee) A winter storm watch has been issued for much of southeast Alabama and south Georgia from late Sunday night through Monday morning.

An area of low pressure will move along the gulf coast and bring precipitation into the region. At the same time, an area of high pressure will push a cold but shallow air mass into the region.

This will result in the chance of freezing rain late Sunday night into Monday morning with ice accumulations between one tenth and one quarter inch possible.

Isolated higher amounts of up to a half inch are possible in localized areas.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

The counties included in the Winter Storm Watch include: Quitman, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, Terrell, Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Turner, Tift, Ben Hill, Irwin, Early, Miller, Baker, Mitchell, Colquitt.

Including the cities of: Georgetown, Fort Gaines, Cuthbert, Shellman, Arlington, Morgan, Edison, Leary, Dawson, Albany, Leesburg, Smithville, Sylvester, Ashburn, Tifton, Fitzgerald, Ocilla, Blakely, Colquitt, Newton, Camilla, Pelham, Moultrie.

For areas further north including Americus and Cordele, the Winter storm watch is also in effect.

The precipitation may start as a mix of rain...snow and sleet Sunday evening.  It will quickly transition over to a mix of freezing rain and sleet.

Depending on how quickly this transition occurs, areas south of a Lagrange to Jackson to Warrenton line could receive up to 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation through early Monday, with the lower amounts across the Americus to Eastman area.

Some ice accumulation across central Georgia may be possible although uncertainty in the forecast remains. 

By Monday afternoon the precipitation should transition mainly to rain.