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Event Heavy Snow
State GEORGIA
County/Area MERIWETHER
WFO FFC
Report Source County Official
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-03-01 12:00:00.0 EST-5
End Date 2009-03-01 19:00:00.0 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 15.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A vigorous closed upper-level low, with very cold temperatures aloft, continued to intensify as it moved rapidly southeast from the Midwest into the southeast U.S. from the evening of February 28th into the afternoon of March 1st. At the same time, a polar air mass (marked by a 1040+ mb surface high) was spreading southeast from the central Canadian provinces into the eastern half of the U.S. The combination of these events brought a rare late season heavy snow storm to parts of north and central Georgia. Rain early in the morning changed to moderate to heavy snow just before noon on the 1st and spread from west to east across west central, north central, central, east central, and northeast Georgia. Even some thunderstorms and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were observed during the height of the storm from late morning through mid-afternoon across north central, west central, northeast, and central Georgia. Measurable snowfall was confined to an area generally south of a Buchanan, to Canton, to Gainesville line and north of a Lumpkin, to Americus, to Warner Robins, to Gibson line. Snowfall averaged two to three inches within most of the snow area, but pockets of five to six inches of snow were recorded across parts of west central Georgia from the north side of Columbus, through Pine Mountain and into Troup and Meriwether county. The heaviest snow fell in northeast and parts of east central Georgia where a deformation zone developed on the back side of the departing upper low during the early evening. Snowfall from Lawrenceville, to Athens, to Danielsville averaged six to seven inches. The water content of the snow was high, which resulted in extensive downed trees, power lines, and telephone cables in areas that saw three or more inches of snow. Widespread power outages to thousands of people were observed in the Clarke, Morgan, Oconee, Jackson, and Madison county areas of northeast Georgia. Many residents in this part of the state were left without power for two to three days.
The weight of the more than a half-a-foot of heavy, wet snow caused 14 poultry houses on 11 different farms to collapse. While the majority of this damage was in Madison county, a few chicken houses were also destroyed in Oconee and Morgan counties as well. In Jackson county, damage to overhead netting and cable systems occurred at the Lamar Murphy Park in Jefferson and the West Jackson Park in Hoschton.
In addition to the heavy snow, strong northwest winds developed across the region as the snow departed and a large Arctic high pressure system moved southeast from the northern plains. The gusty 25 to 30 mph northwest winds caused several trees and power lines to be blown down in Bartow county. Two homes in Cartersville were damaged when trees fell on the structures.
Finally at least one injury was reported as a result of slick roads across the area. A 21-year old male suffered an indirect weather-related injury when his Dodge Pickup truck hit a path of ice on Newborn Road in Morgan county. The truck spun off the road and hit a tree.
The following is a summary by county of the maximum snowfall amount reported to the National Weather Service for all counties with the forecast area receiving a trace or more of snowfall:
Baldwin - trace, Banks - 4.0 inches, Barrow - 4.0 inches, Bartow - trace, Bibb - 2.0 inches, Bleckley - 0.5 inch, Butts - 4.0 inches, Carroll - 1.5 inches, Chattahoochee - 2.0 inches, Cherokee - trace, Clarke - 5.0 inches, Clayton - 2.0 inches, Cobb - trace north to 1.5 inches south, Coweta - 2.0 inches, Crawford - 1.0 inch, Crisp - trace, DeKalb - 1.5 inches north to 2.5 inches south, Dodge - trace, Dooly - trace, Douglas - 4.0 inches, Fannin - trace, Fayette - 2.5 inches, Forsyth - trace, Fulton - 1.5 inches north to 2.5 inches south, Glascock - trace, Greene - 2.0 inches, Gwinnett - 5.0 inches, Hall - trace north to 5.0 inches south, Hancock - 2.0 inches, Haralson - trace, Harris - 4.0 inches, Heard - 3.0 inches, Henry - 3.0 inches, Houston - up to one inch north, Jackson - 4.0 inches, Jasper - 6.0 inches, Jones - 3.0 inches, Lamar - 2.0 inches, Laurens - a trace north, Lumpkin - trace, Madison - 7.0 inches (the maximum within the forecast area), Marion - 3.0 inches, Meriwether - 5.0 inches, Monroe - 2.0 inches, Morgan - 4.0 inches, Muscogee - 2.0 inches, Newton - 4.0 inches, Oconee - 5.0 inches, Oglethorpe - 4.0 inches, Paulding - 2.0 inches, Peach - trace, Pickens - trace, Pike - 4.0 inches, Pulaski - trace, Putnam - 2.0 inches, Rockdale - 1.0 inch, Schley - 1.0 inch, Spalding - 4.0 inches, Talbot - 3.0 inches, Taliaferro - 1.0 inch, Taylor - 2.0 inches, Towns - trace, Troup - 4.0 inches, Twiggs - 1.5 inches, Upson - 3.0 inches, Walton - 3.0 inches, Wilkes - 2.0 inches, Wilkinson - trace.
Event Narrative Heavy snowfall of 4-5 inches fell across much of the county. A number of trees and power lines were down from the weight of the heavy, wet snow.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 1.465M 0.00K
DOUGLAS (ZONE) DOUGLAS (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 10:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FAYETTE (ZONE) FAYETTE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
COBB (ZONE) COBB (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORTH FULTON (ZONE) NORTH FULTON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SOUTH FULTON (ZONE) SOUTH FULTON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COWETA (ZONE) COWETA (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
CARROLL (ZONE) CARROLL (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAULDING (ZONE) PAULDING (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAYTON (ZONE) CLAYTON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 11:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
BANKS (ZONE) BANKS (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
HEARD (ZONE) HEARD (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
JACKSON (ZONE) JACKSON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
SOUTH FULTON (ZONE) SOUTH FULTON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
BUTTS (ZONE) BUTTS (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
LAMAR (ZONE) LAMAR (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
HENRY (ZONE) HENRY (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 7.00K 0.00K
GWINNETT (ZONE) GWINNETT (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 600.00K 0.00K
ROCKDALE (ZONE) ROCKDALE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERIWETHER (ZONE) MERIWETHER (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
DE KALB (ZONE) DE KALB (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
BARROW (ZONE) BARROW (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 12:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
GREENE (ZONE) GREENE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
HANCOCK (ZONE) HANCOCK (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
HARRIS (ZONE) HARRIS (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
MARION (ZONE) MARION (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
JASPER (ZONE) JASPER (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
JONES (ZONE) JONES (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MONROE (ZONE) MONROE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
MORGAN (ZONE) MORGAN (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
OGLETHORPE (ZONE) OGLETHORPE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
WALTON (ZONE) WALTON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
PEACH (ZONE) PEACH (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PUTNAM (ZONE) PUTNAM (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SPALDING (ZONE) SPALDING (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
TALBOT (ZONE) TALBOT (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
TALIAFERRO (ZONE) TALIAFERRO (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEWTON (ZONE) NEWTON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 35.00K 0.00K
MUSCOGEE (ZONE) MUSCOGEE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
OCONEE (ZONE) OCONEE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
TWIGGS (ZONE) TWIGGS (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
UPSON (ZONE) UPSON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CLARKE (ZONE) CLARKE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 13:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
TAYLOR (ZONE) TAYLOR (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
CHATTAHOOCHEE (ZONE) CHATTAHOOCHEE (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TWIGGS (ZONE) TWIGGS (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCHLEY (ZONE) SCHLEY (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BIBB (ZONE) BIBB (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOUSTON (ZONE) HOUSTON (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CRAWFORD (ZONE) CRAWFORD (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLECKLEY (ZONE) BLECKLEY (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILKES (ZONE) WILKES (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 14:00 EST-5 Heavy Snow 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
BARTOW (ZONE) BARTOW (ZONE) GA 03/01/2009 18:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 35 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 1.465M 0.00K