Cobb’s students sat at home waiting for the snow to fall Tuesday, but the weather didn’t cooperate. What was supposed to be sledding weather ended up more suitable for flying kites.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for much of north Georgia Monday afternoon, and metro Atlanta counties including Cobb were placed under a winter weather advisory. Forecasters warned of rain potentially turning to snow in the afternoon with accumulation of up to an inch in northern Cobb County and slightly less in the south.
On Marietta Square, a cold and rainy morning produced a puny flurry which lasted for about 15 minutes around noon.
An hour later, the skies were a beautiful blue and stayed that way for the rest of the afternoon.
Though afternoon flurries did not manifest, National Weather Service meteorologist Sid King said drivers should still be especially careful during their Wednesday morning commutes, as overnight lows below freezing could create hazardous driving conditions.
“There’s still a chance of some lingering black ice early Wednesday, particularly in areas sheltered from the wind or in shady areas,” he said.
King added that bridges, overpasses and untreated roads are more likely to get slippery in cold weather.
Today’s highs are expected to get above freezing without much cloud coverage, which means any hidden ice should disappear by the afternoon.
The potential for ice and snow sent chills down the city of Atlanta’s collective spine as the city prepares to host the Super Bowl this weekend. Nearly 300 flights were canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Atlanta Airport Tuesday, and 62 flights were delayed, according to flight tracking site Flight Aware.
But things are expected to warm up into the weekend, up to the mid-fifties by Super Bowl Sunday, though there are also coin toss odds for rain on the day of the big game.
Next week is looking much warmer, with Monday’s high near 62 degrees.