Snow so close to Jacksonville

Snow falling within 200 miles of Jacksonville

By Mark Collins - Meteorologist
Photo via WAGA-TV Atlanta

Photo from Ellijay, Georgia, courtesy of Melissa Conrad

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Although we will have freezing temperatures around Jacksonville this weekend, it won't snow. But snow is falling as close as 200 miles away. 

Nearly two dozen school districts in north Georgia have closed as snow continues to fall in the area where up to 2 inches are expected from Carrollton in west Georgia northeast to the mountains, with 3 to 4 inches at higher elevations.

A mix of rain and sleet has made an unusual dip down to the Gulf Coast with snow reaching south Texas. Mixed frozen precipitation and snow reached New Orleans to Birmingham Thursday night into Friday morning.

Meteorologist Thomas Winesett in the weather service's Jackson, Mississippi, office said heavy snow began falling about 4 a.m. Friday. About 1.5 inches of snow was reported at the Jackson-Evers International Airport.

We are getting all day rain Friday into Saturday morning with snow passing north of us show in light purple.

About 200 miles into Georgia, light snow accumulations are possible as close as Columbus, Americus and Macon Friday night.  But snow will not have any chance of making it into Waycross or other southeastern parts of the Peach state.

IMAGES: Snow blankets South

Forecasted ECMWF minimum lows show mid 30s Saturday morning followed by a freeze Sunday morning in NE Florida.

If you make the drive looking for white powder, be careful driving. You will want to get to those areas before Friday evening and and stay off the roads Saturday morning. Any residual moisture on road surfaces could produce black ice, creating hazardous travel conditions.

The weather is also causing a travel nightmare for airports with hundreds of Atlanta flights canceled because of the snow.

Be sure to check or check in with your airline before heading to the airport.

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