The wild start to 2022 will continue as rain turns to snow late tonight into the night. The transition will occur from west to east between 9 p.m. and midnight, according to our news partner WRCB Channel 3. The highest amounts will likely fall east of the Interstate 75 corridor, where snowfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour could occur. Ground temperatures are still very warm which could reduce the total snowfall to some extent, especially in the lower elevations of the valley.
Winter storm warnings are posted for McMinn, Monroe, Cherokee, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer and Eastern Polk counties. Two to 7 inches will be possible in these areas with locally higher amounts in the higher elevations. Jackson County, Alabama is also subject to a winter storm warning where 1 to 3 inches will be possible.
The rest of the region is subject to a winter weather advisory. A 2 inch dusting will be possible in the valley and throughout northern Georgia. Plateau communities could receive 1-4 inches with locally higher amounts, and snow is expected to fall by 4-7 am Monday.