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A White Christmas in Georgia
December 25, 2010

 

A strong storm system moved across the Southeast on Christmas Day: a strong upper level disturbance over the Great Lakes extended south toward the Gulf Coast, and an associated area of low pressure moved across the northern Gulf of Mexico.   Precipitation began Christmas Eve, quickly changing from rain to snow across extreme north Georgia.  For the rest of north and central Georgia, the changeover occurred from northwest to southeast during the day on Christmas Day as temperatures dropped to near freezing.  The highest accumulations occured in the north Georgia mountains, where anywhere between 6 and 8 inches of snow were reported, but even the Atlanta Metro area saw between 1-3 inches - the first measurable snow on Christmas Day since 1881.  As the system slowly moved east, snow continued on the 26th resulting in additional accumulations across east central Georgia.

Very cold temperatures moved in behind the system and any moisture on the roads froze overnight Christmas night, causing significant road problems.  Strong winds, at times gusting to between 25-35 mph, also spread across the area on the 26th.   With high temperatures across most of north Georgia below freezing, wind chills in the single digits were noted throughout the day.  Flurries and light snow continued through the 26th for most of the area as the storm system moved up the East Coast.

 

 

 

 

[ Total Snowfall for North and Central Georgia ]


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
610 PM EST SUN DEC 26 2010

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE RECENT
SNOWSTORM. APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO EMERGENCY MANAGERS...COUNTY
911 OPERATORS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND MEDIA
FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE
AT WEATHER.GOV/ATLANTA.

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

GEORGIA

...DADE COUNTY...
TRENTON 6.0 200 PM 12/25 IN THE MOUNTAINS.

...WALKER COUNTY...
LAFAYETTE 5.0 700 PM 12/25 4-5 INCHES WIDESPREAD.

...CATOOSA COUNTY...
RINGGOLD 6.0 200 PM 12/26
RINGGOLD 5.0 W 5.0 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
RINGGOLD 2.8 SW 4.7 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...WHITFIELD COUNTY...
DALTON 3.0 200 PM 12/26
COHUTTA 4.0 700 PM 12/25 3.5 TO 4 INCHES.

...MURRAY COUNTY...
ETON 4.0 200 PM 12/26 3 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
LOWER ELEVATIONS.
FORT MOUNTAIN STATE 7.0 200 PM 12/26 6 TO 7 INCHES ON THE
PARK MOUNTAIN.
CHATSWORTH 3.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...GILMER COUNTY...
ELLIJAY 5.0 200 PM 12/26 4 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS
LOWER ELEVATIONS.
CHERRY LOG 7.0 200 PM 12/26 6 TO 7 INCHES ACROSS
HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

...FANNIN COUNTY...
BLUE RIDGE 6.0 700 PM 12/25 WIDESPREAD 5-6 INCHES.

...UNION COUNTY...
BLAIRSVILLE 6.0 700 PM 12/25
SUCHES 7.0 800 PM 12/25
BLAIRSVILLE 4.2 E 4.5 900 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
SUCHES 8 NW 6.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...TOWNS COUNTY...
HIAWASSEE 6.0 700 PM 12/25 5-6 INCHES WIDESPREAD.

...CHATTOOGA COUNTY...
SUMMERVILLE 4.0 200 PM 12/26
LYERLY 4.8 SSE 2.3 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...GORDON COUNTY...
CALHOUN 3.0 700 PM 12/25

...PICKENS COUNTY...
JASPER 4.0 200 PM 12/26 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
JASPER 4.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...DAWSON COUNTY...
DAWSONVILLE 5.0 200 PM 12/26 3 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
EMMA 4.3 WNW 4.0 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...LUMPKIN COUNTY...
DAHLONEGA 4.0 200 PM 12/26 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE SOUTHERN PART OF
THE COUNTY.
CAMP MERRILL 6.0 200 PM 12/26 AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
DAHLONEGA 6.4 NW 2.2 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...WHITE COUNTY...
HELEN 3.0 200 PM 12/26
HELEN 9.5 ENE 2.5 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
SAUTEE 3.5 SW 2.5 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
SAUTEE 2.3 700 AM 12/26 COOP
CLEVELAND 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...FLOYD COUNTY...
ROME 3.0 700 PM 12/25 WIDEPSREAD 2-3 INCHES.
ROME 3.7 E 1.5 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
CURRYVILLE 1.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...BARTOW COUNTY...
CARTERSVILLE 3.0 200 PM 12/26
ADAIRSVILLE 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...CHEROKEE COUNTY...
CANTON 3.0 700 PM 12/25 2-3 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
WOODSTOCK 3.3 NNE 3.5 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
HOLLY SPRINGS 1.0 NNE 3.0 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
CANTON 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...FORSYTH COUNTY...
CUMMING 3.0 200 PM 12/26 2 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
CUMMING 5.7 SSW 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
CUMMING 3.5 E 1.5 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...HALL COUNTY...
GAINESVILLE 3.0 200 PM 12/26 2 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
CLERMONT 1.0 SSE 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
GAINESVILLE 6.1 NNW 1.7 730 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
GAINESVILLE 1.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...BANKS COUNTY...
COMMERCE 4.0 400 PM 12/26

...JACKSON COUNTY...
JEFFERSON 4.0 200 PM 12/26 3 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
NICHOLSON 4.2 S 1.7 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...MADISON COUNTY...
DANIELSVILLE 3.0 200 PM 12/26
NICHOLSON 5.7 SE 2.8 735 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
COMER 3.5 NE 2.0 820 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
NICHOLSON 4.9 SE 1.8 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
DANIELSVILLE 3.1 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...POLK COUNTY...
CEDARTOWN 3.0 200 PM 12/26 2 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
ROCKMART 9.6 SSE 4.5 500 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
CEDARTOWN 1.3 NE 2.0 1100 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...HARALSON COUNTY...
BUCHANAN 2.0 700 PM 12/25

...PAULDING COUNTY...
DALLAS 2.5 N 3.0 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
DALLAS 4.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...COBB COUNTY...
ACWORTH 2.0 848 PM 12/25
MARIETTA 7.0 NNE 2.7 900 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
MARIETTA 8.3 NE 1.5 820 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
MABELTON 1.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...FULTON COUNTY...
ROSWELL 1.0 NNW 2.0 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
FAIRBURN 0.6 NW 1.7 818 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
ATLANTA 9 NW 1.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP
ALPHARETTA 4 SSW 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...GWINNETT COUNTY...
LILBURN 1.5 200 PM 12/26
DACULA 2.8 SE 2.1 645 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
BUFORD 4.6 ESE 2.0 945 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
LAWRENCEVILLE 1.4 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...BARROW COUNTY...
WINDER 4.0 200 PM 12/26 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
STATHAM 4.0 200 PM 12/26

...OCONEE COUNTY...
BOGART 3.0 200 PM 12/26
BISHOP 3.0 WNW 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...CLARKE COUNTY...
ATHENS 3.0 200 PM 12/26
ATHENS 7.6 SE 3.0 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
ATHENS 3.2 NW 2.5 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
WINTERVILLE 0.6 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...OGLETHORPE COUNTY...
LEXINGTON 4.0 200 PM 12/26 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.
COLBERT 3.1 SSE 1.5 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
LEXINGTON 1.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...WILKES COUNTY...
WASHINGTON 1.5 700 AM 12/26 COOP
WASHINGTON 4.0 400 PM 12/26 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.

...CARROLL COUNTY...
VILLA RICA 3.0 945 PM 12/25
TEMPLE 0.7 E 2.5 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
CARROLLTON 3.2 SW 2.0 800 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
CARROLLTON 2.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...DOUGLAS COUNTY...
CHAPEL HILL 1.5 831 PM 12/25
DOUGLASVILLE 0.2 N 2.0 530 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...DEKALB COUNTY...
DECATUR 0.5 200 PM 12/26
NORTH DECATUR 3.0 NNE 2.5 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS
DUNWOODY 1.1 NW 1.6 829 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...WALTON COUNTY...
LOGANVILLE 4.0 SSE 1.6 700 AM 12/26 COCORAHS

...HEARD COUNTY...
FRANKLIN 1.0 200 PM 12/26 0.5 TO 1 INCH.

...COWETA COUNTY...
NEWNAN 1.0 400 PM 12/26
NEWNAN 0.7 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
FAYETTEVILLE 2.0 200 PM 12/26

...CLAYTON COUNTY...
HARTSFIELD-JACKSON 1.5 200 PM 12/26
JONESBORO T 200 PM 12/26

...HENRY COUNTY...
MCDONOUGH T 700 AM 12/26 COOP
STOCKBRIDGE 1.0 400 PM 12/26

...NEWTON COUNTY...
COVINGTON 1.0 400 PM 12/26

...MORGAN COUNTY...
MADISON 3.0 400 PM 12/26 2 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.

...GREENE COUNTY...
GREENSBORO 4.0 400 PM 12/26 3 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.

...TALIAFERRO COUNTY...
CRAWFORDVILLE 4.0 400 PM 12/26 3 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS
THE COUNTY.

...SPALDING COUNTY...
GRIFFIN 1.0 400 PM 12/26

...BUTTS COUNTY...
JACKSON 0.5 200 PM 12/26

...JASPER COUNTY...
MONTICELLO 0.5 400 PM 12/26

...PUTNAM COUNTY...
EATONTON 0.5 400 PM 12/26

...HANCOCK COUNTY...
SPARTA 1.5 400 PM 12/26 0.5 TO 1.5 INCHES.

...WARREN COUNTY...
WARRENTON 0.5 400 PM 12/26

...TROUP COUNTY...
LA GRANGE 1.0 655 PM 12/25

...MERIWETHER COUNTY...
GREENVILLE 1.0 400 PM 12/26

...PIKE COUNTY...
ZEBULON 0.5 400 PM 12/26

...MONROE COUNTY...
FORSYTH T 200 PM 12/26

...BALDWIN COUNTY...
MILLEDGEVILLE 1.0 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...UPSON COUNTY...
THOMASTON 0.5 200 PM 12/26
THOMASTON 0.3 700 AM 12/26 COOP

...BIBB COUNTY...
MACON T 200 PM 12/26

...MUSCOGEE COUNTY...
COLUMBUS T 700 AM 12/26 COOP


 

 

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