ATLANTA (AP) – The Latest on winter weather impacting a wide swath of the Deep South (all times local):
No snowfall records were broken, but the National Weather Service says the heavy snowstorm that hit Georgia late last week was a surprise.
Meteorologist Carly Kovacik said Sunday that the high amount of snowfall occurred earlier in the year than expected in Georgia. She says the northern mountain area including Haralson, Paulding and Cobb counties accumulated around 12 inches of snow over Friday and Saturday.
Kovacik says heavy snowfall amounts can occur in December. But she says the weather service typically doesn’t see storms of high magnitude until January or early February.
Kovacik says a freeze watch has ended in metro Atlanta, but it’s still in effect on Sunday through Monday morning for south Georgia from Albany to St. Simons Island.
In Alabama, meteorologist Jason Holmes the state has snow on the ground Sunday, but temperatures are currently above freezing.
Parts of the Deep South affected by an early snowstorm now must deal with its after-effects.
Forecasters said temperatures for Sunday were not expected to be favorable for melting the snow. Highs across much of North Carolina were not expected to get out of the 30s, and after a brief warm up on Monday, a second round of cold air was likely to stall the melting.
Thousands of customers remained without power in the South.
Parts of the Northeast and New England were braced, Sunday for a share of the early wintry weather. Forecasters said additional heavy accumulations were possible across portions of Long Island, southern and central New England, as well as coastal and eastern Maine
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