ATLANTA - The cold in the form of a hard freeze has arrived in Georgia Thursday evening and there is some possibility for frozen precipitation in extreme North Georgia, but it doesn’t look like it will even reach anywhere near metro Atlanta for now.
Temperatures are expected to dip below 31 degrees overnight with daytime temperatures on Friday topping out at 44. Some areas may climb high, especially in the western counties where temperatures could climb into the low 50s.
The dew point shows the moisture content is just not there right now, so a lot of dry air across Georgia. That’s being controlled by an area high pressure which will slide to the northeast, leaving a corridor for the easterly wind flow. That cool wind is going to tap into moisture setting the stage for a wedge to show up late Friday and early Saturday. The forecast has that eroding and the winds coming southerly through the day Saturday.
So, Friday night expect to see some clouds rolling in and some areas in extreme North Georgia with temperatures dipping below 20 could see some frozen precipitation, especially northeast Georgia with the possibility of freezing rain. Those flirting with the low 30s could just see rain. The FOX 5 Storm Team will continue to watch this system as it approaches.
Behind that is a warm up in a big way. Most of Georgia climbs to the 40s by late Saturday morning and then we start to see 50s and even 60s on the way with a few scattered showers. But the bigger rain event is late Saturday on into Sunday. Expect to pockets of heavy, beneficial rain move across the area Sunday afternoon. And expect some thunder with these storms.
Monday could see some linger showers and thunderstorms, but seasonable weather returns Tuesday through Thursday. The FOX 5 Storm Team will keep an eye on next week as well as Christmas approaches.