[UPDATED at 9:27 a.m.] Early Tuesday morning the National Weather Service upgraded Monday's winter storm watch for most of the metro area to a warning, in effect from 9 a.m. this morning to 7 a.m. Wednesday. In Cherokee, Monday's hazardous weather outlook has been upgraded to a winter weather advisory.
Light snow accumulations up to an inch are possible in Cherokee, with 1 to 2 inches of snow expected further south in the metro area. The snow may begin as early as mid-morning and last close to midnight. The NWS warns that snow-covered roads will make travel treacherous through Wednesday morning.
With a winter storm watch in effect for much of metro Atlanta from Tuesday, Jan. 28, starting at 10 a.m. until Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m., farther to the north Cherokee County and Canton were only under a hazardous weather outlook as of Monday evening.
According to the National Weather Service, less than a half inch of accumulation is possible Tuesday afternoon and evening, but nothing significant is expected in Cherokee. Here's the NWS timeline for what Canton and Cherokee might expect:
- Tuesday: Slight chance of snow and sleet before 1 p.m. then snow likely with a high near 27. Wind gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent. Snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Tuesday night: Snow mainly before 1 a.m. with a low around 17. Wind gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 35. Wind gusts as high as 20 mph.