UPDATE: Moments after this advisory was posted by ConnectLocal, utilizing the latest National Weather Service information available through NWS online data, Stephens County Emergency Management announced that, at their most recent briefing with the NWS, little to no snow is predicted for Toccoa, and that snow will mostly remain at higher elevations. However, the forecast remains uncertain, and may change again.
(Editorial comment: Many thanks to our always-on-the-job EMS staff, they do a great job keeping on top of any hazardous conditions Toccoa/Stephens County may face.)
At midnight last night, the National Weather Forecast for Toccoa for the coming five days called for a mix of rain, clouds and sunshine. Today, a hazardous weather advisory was issued that included Stephens County in an advisory that had previously only included higher elevation counties to the north and west of Stephens County.
"Snow is possible across the area on Thursday. The snow may mix with rain or sleet at times. Light accumulations on grassy areas cannot be ruled out, especially near and northwest of the I-85 corridor."
Snow in Toccoa is expected to begin at approximately 7 a.m. in Stephens County.
Spotters may be needed to relay snow reports on Thursday.
Steps to become a storm spotter:
Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.To volunteer to become a National Weather Service spotter:
Complete the 2 Online National Skywarn Training Modules. The courses are “The Role of the Skywarn Spotter” and “Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics”. The courses will require you to register with the Meted Training Site.
Review basic spotter training modules. They are available on YouTube Spotter Training playlist.
Participate in a spotter training webinars or attend a regional training sessions in your area. Check the latest training schedule for dates and locations.
Register with Spotter Network. This is not required, but Spotter Network gives you additional training and other methods for contacting program administrators.
For information about joining a local spotter network, contact your local Emergency Management office. Your local and county officials can provide additional information about how spotter groups are organized in your community.