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.
Delta Air Lines has issued weather waivers for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 28 northeast airports, including New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports, ahead of projected winter weather on Tuesday and Wednesday. The waiver will allow customers traveling to, from or through any of the outlined cities on these days to make a one-time change to their travel plans without incurring a fee.
The largest potential for impact will be in Atlanta, where Delta’s meteorologists are forecasting a potential for up to half of an inch of snowfall on Tuesday.
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.
Delta and Southwest Airlines have already added additional flights into and out of Atlanta in advance of the game, as well as the day after the game, now being called "Mass Exodus Monday.
Here is the National Weather Service forecast for the rest of the week:
Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph.
Rain and snow before 1pm, then a chance of snow between 1pm and 4pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow after 4pm. High near 44. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Clear, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 40.
Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
Sunny, with a high near 42.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
A 20 percent chance of rain before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Sunny, with a high near 56.
A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
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