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Snow worries: Flurries expected in Sunday forecast

By Ed Brock

The forecast of snow for Sunday night is going to make Valeria Phillips' job a little more stressful.

"I really don't care for it because I work for (Delta) Air Lines," said Phillips, a ticket agent in Delta's Crown Room at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Sunday's high temperature is only expected to get into the 40s and drop into the 30s by late in the day, said Jim Noel, the hydrologist at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.

And there's a 30 percent chance of snow flurries Sunday night with temperatures in the teens by Monday morning rising only into the mid 30s during the day. Noel said the snow may not be much, but there could still be some Monday morning snowball fights.

"We can't totally rule out a light, light dusting," Noel said. "The main issue is the surge of cold air and wind on Sunday and Monday."

Frequent flyers often wind up in the Crown Room with Phillips when they're delayed, and they sometimes share their unhappiness. Phillips said such an experience should be an opportunity for them to appreciate how concerned Delta is with getting them home safely.

"Sometimes you have to remember that things happen for a reason," Phillips said.

Though the rest of December and early January are expected to be colder than usual, there will be a slight warming up with some rain in the middle of this coming week. By Christmas weekend the temperatures are expected to drop again, but it's too early to tell if Atlanta will have a white Christmas.

"It's very uncommon," Noel said. "We've only had measurable snow once on Christmas in Atlanta."

But if and when it does snow, people will want sleds. And Willis Swint at Swint Feed & Garden Supply, Inc. on N. Main Street in Jonesboro will be ready.

He has at least three lightweight sleds in stock and he expects there will be a market for them ... if it snows.

"If it snows we throw them up at the front door," Swint said.