With the last few days being some of the warmest experienced in January, Northeast Georgia is still on track for a more traditional winter.
State Climatologist and Meteorologist Bill Murphey says that this pattern of warming is common in these types of weather patterns.
“We have had a few fast moving systems, which have brought colder air behind them”, said Murphey. “Then basically we will warm up again and the get another shot at some precipitation.”
He says the outlook is positive for Northeast Georgia, and the state as a whole, to receive some more precipitation in the extended forecast.
“If things phase out right we have a shot if the cold air is in place, as well as having the moisture continue in from the Gulf of Mexico”, says Murphey, “As long as we keep having these systems come through it keeps the gulf open. I still think we will get some good precipitation events in the next week or two.”
While many hope for snow in the winter, Murphey says that current conditions probably won’t produce any snow for a while in our area.
“We could on the tail end of those pick up some snow or light snow in the mountains, but as far as the metro-Atlanta area, and areas below the mountains, I don’t see any major winter time system on the horizon”, said Murphey.
As to the crazy temperature swings that we have experienced, Murphey says that is fairly common when not in an El Nino or La Nina patter, also referred to as a Neutral Pattern.