ATLANTA, GA — After weeks of relatively mild temperatures, metro Atlantans are in for a reminder that winter is technically here for another couple of weeks. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for the overnight hours in north Georgia.
Temperatures aren’t forecast to get out of the 40s on Thursday. Then, in the early-morning hours on Friday, they’re expected to dive down into the upper 20s.
Issued Thursday morning, the freeze warning goes into effect at 2 a.m. Friday and lasts through 9 a.m. in north and central Georgia. According to the weather service, freezing temperatures could damage early spring vegetation and pose a threat to outdoor pets.
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Impacted counties include Clarke, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett and cities listed by the NWS include Athens, Atlanta, Decatur and Lawrenceville.
Thursday’s forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a high near 49 degrees, with wind gusts as high as 25 m.p.h. Patchy frost is possible after 2 a.m. and the low is officially forecast to be 31 degrees. Some snow flurries were being reported Thursday morning in Catoosa County, in far north Georgia.
Forecasters don’t expect the cold snap to last for long, though. Things should warm up on Friday, when the high should get all the way up to 58 degrees, with lows Friday night around 41. By next week, we could be seeing highs again in the 60s, according to forecasts.
The official first day of spring is Tuesday, March 20.