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Snow, Accumulations Possible Thursday Night

Roswell could get its first glimpse this winter of the white stuff as rain across north Georgia may turn to snow with the arrival of a deep cold air mass.

Roswell could get its first snow of the winter and of 2013 on Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

A strong low pressure system and ample Gulf moisture will meet, resulting in widespread rain and an associated deep cold air mass that will begin to spread across north and central Georgia on Thursday afternoon and evening, meteorologists say in a special weather statement issued today.

As a result, rain could change over to snow across parts of north Georgia, including Fulton and other counties like Cherokee and Cobb.

Despite recent unseasonably warm temps, residents could see some light accumulations of snow across parts of north Georgia by mid to late Thursday afternoon or evening, mainly on elevated and grassy surfaces.

While folks as far south as a LaGrange-to-Athens line could see light snow, the best chance for accumulations would be generally north of the Interstate 20 corridor west of Atlanta and the Interstate 85 corridor east of Atlanta. 

At this time, no travel difficulties are expected, except for in the north Georgia mountains where there's a better chance for higher accumulations. But patches of black ice could affect bridges and overpasses from late Thursday evening through mid Friday morning when temps fall below freezing.

In Roswell, expect rain before 1 p.m. Thursday and then a mix of rain and snow. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent, according to the NWS forecast. Showers of mixed rain and show will continue Thursday night when the low is expected to dip to 31. Chance of precipitation that night is 40 percent.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high around 51.

Check back with Roswell Patch for updates as forecasts change.

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