Climatologists had predicted a warmer-than- average winter, but that hasn't quite been the case. Changing weather patterns have caused a series of Arctic blasts to blow through Georgia bringing record cold and abundant snowfall.
Several cities across the state had record cold temperatures in December and experienced the coldest December since 2000.
January hasn’t been much better, as the Atlanta region received 3 inches of snowfall, in addition to some sleet and freezing rain accumulation.
Although climatologists have been surprised by the extreme influx of Arctic air, they are still expecting warmer winter weather to come sooner or later.
"The million dollar question is when will this end. It’s tough to say," Assistant State Climatologist Pam Knox said Thursday.
Knox said the state could see a rapid return to warmer conditions, but this combination of weather systems has not often been seen, and it’s difficult to predict how things will play out.
Despite all the snowfall and winter precipitation, climatologists were correct in their prediction for a drier winter. Most cities were a couple of inches below average in December, although January’s storm may help a bit. Farmers generally depend on the winter months to replenish soil moisture.