WARNING!! Winter Storm Watch Issued For Metro Atlanta Ahead Of Super Bowl

Up to 2 inches of snow could hit the city, as tens of thousands of people converge on Atlanta for the Super Bowl.

By Tim Darnell, Patch Staff

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — As tens of thousands of people converge on Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for north Georgia, including all of metro Atlanta, from late Monday night through Tuesday evening. Forecasters are calling for total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches, with higher amounts possible in the north Georgia mountains. A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

According to latest forecast, rain is predicted on Tuesday before 4 pm, then an increasing chance of rain and snow with a high near 43. On Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to plummet to the low 20s, accompanied by a 30 percent chance of snow before 7 pm.

Sunny conditions are forecast for Wednesday, with a high near 43. On Super Bowl Sunday, forecasters are predicting a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high near 57.

The last time Atlanta hosted a Super Bowl was in 2000, for Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome between the then-St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. Two ice storms enveloped the city, clogging traffic and causing major service disruptions that lasted through game day. The Rams won the NFL championship in thrilling fashion, but the lasting memories of the game surrounded the weather and the arrest of NFL superstar linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens on murder charges. Those charges were dropped in favor of an out-of-court settlement.

On Friday, President Donald Trump and Congress agreed to a temporary end of the recent, record-setting partial government shutdown, as air traffic increases into metro Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl Sunday. The agreement came as delays were reported on Fridayat some of the busiest’s airports in the United States, including at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration briefly halted flights into New York City’s LaGuardia Airport Friday, which affected air travel across the country.