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Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 11:35am

Arctic Blast Brings Freezing Temps, Wind Chill To Georgia

An arctic blast Thursday night brought strong winds across Georgia and some light snow in the higher elevations.

Towns and cities in the North Georgia mountains will likely see icy roads after Thursday’s rain. And Georgians living in the central part of the state, including Columbus and Macon, will feel the lower temps when the strong winds pick up.

Brian Lynn is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. He said the wind could cause a number of problems.

“With all the rain we’ve had, these winds will be more than strong enough to push over trees because of the soft ground,” he said in an interview. “And if you get a big tree out there in the open wind, the winds will be strong enough to push the tree over and if there are power lines, and they go on top of the power lines, you could lose power. They could block roads, if they go over in the right place by the roads.”

The winter weather and wind chill advisories expire Friday. But Lynn said that won’t spell the end of the cold weather.

“Temperatures for the day will be unseasonably cool, with North Georgia not getting out of the 30s and for the most part central Georgia upper 30s and 40s,” he said. “And those are some pretty cool temperatures for high temperatures even for January.”

Most of the state will see lows for the weekend dropping below 20 degrees. That means any flowers that might have been shooting through the ground earlier this week will be drooping.