County hit with fog, rain on Christmas
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
December 27, 2012 12:17 AM | 1299 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With fog, heavy rain, wind, snow flurries and cold temperatures, Cherokee County’s weather brought added excitement to the Christmas holiday.

However, the weather should be clear and cool for the rest of the week.

Robby Westbrook, director of Cherokee County Emergency Management, said he was not aware of any out-of-the-ordinary accidents caused by the weird weather over the Christmas holiday.

“I don’t know of any problems that it caused,” he said.

George Wetzel of the National Weather Service in Peachtree City said the weather over the weekend and early this week was caused by two different weather systems.

After a first system came through over the weekend, Wetzel said the atmosphere “settled,” allowing fog to build on Christmas in advance of a low-pressure system that caused a cold front.

“The cold front is what kicked off all those tornadoes in Alabama and gave us over two inches of rain in most areas,” he said.

The eastern third of the country experienced high winds from the low-pressure system, Wetzel said.

Snow flurries were reported in many areas of north Georgia on Wednesday, he said. No accumulation was reported or expected.

Residents all over Cherokee County also reported seeing flurries.

Skies should be clear into the weekend, but chilly temperatures will stick around through at least Friday morning. Tonight’s overnight low is forecasted at 26 degrees in Canton. Lows in the upper 20s are also predicted overnight Saturday and Sunday. Highs should be in the normal range in the upper 40s, Wetzel said.

The steady, cool temperatures should keep severe weather at bay through the end of the year, Wetzel said.

While this week’s weather didn’t prove to be too hazardous, Westbrook recommends using the clear days ahead to prepare for storms that may come along.

“Be ready for cold weather. We’ve had a lot of power outages due to gusty winds, so make sure you’re prepared for extended power outages,” he said.

Cherokee County was under a National Weather Service wind advisory from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday.
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