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Despite above-freezing temperatures, a heavy flurry of snow fell on downtown Atlanta, blanketing cars and creating slushy streets and sidewalks. It hadn’t snowed in Atlanta for more than a year — the area received 1.4 inches of snow in January 2008, said Laura Griffith of the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Ga.

Outside the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, Flori Kwon of Claremont, Calif., took some time to take pictures of her son Jake, 5, playing in the snow.

“He wants to make a snowman, but I don’t think there’s enough snow,” Ms. Kwon said while large snowflakes landed in her hair. “We’re kind of surprised it’s snowing.”

Meanwhile, tornado watches were in effect from northern Florida into coastal Georgia and southern South Carolina.

In Pennsylvania, the National Weather Service warned that Philadelphia and its suburban counties could expect as much as 8 to 14 inches of snow starting sometime Sunday evening. The snow in that region may mix with a little sleet at the onset as forecasters issued a winter storm warning for much of eastern Pennsylvania starting at 6 p.m. Sunday and lasting through 4 p.m. Monday.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.