Temperatures are expected to plunge into the mid-20s early Wednesday in metro Atlanta, while a freeze watch will cover several counties in south Georgia. In the north Georgia mountains, temperatures are expected to fall into the teens.
Some school systems in north Georgia were delaying the start of classes Friday morning amid fears of some ice on roads and highways from a winter storm that blasted other areas of the South. Forecasters at the National Weather Service said black ice would be the main concern early Friday, particularly on bridges and overpasses.
State road crews are preparing for a long, cold night in north Georgia. Continued rain and falling temperatures will mean snow for areas north of Atlanta and Athens. Freezing temperatures will extend south to the Macon area. Forecasters and the state transportation department are warning drivers to watch out for black ice Thursday night and early Friday morning.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service have issued a winter storm warning for 12 Georgia counties in the northwest and northern parts of the state. The winter storm warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday. It includes the cities of Rome, Calhoun, Chatsworth, Dalton and Blairsville.
Forecasters say high winds fueled by Hurricane Sandy are expected to continue in parts of Georgia. A high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service is scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. Tuesday for a half-dozen counties in the northeast Georgia mountains.
Cold air is expected to surge into Georgia this weekend as an arctic front moves into the state. Temperatures Saturday are expected to drop from the 40s in the morning to the 30s by late afternoon in much of Georgia.
Temperatures plunged well below freezing across Georgia Tuesday morning, prompting at least four school districts to close. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City said a wind chill advisory was to continue through 10 a.m., as wind chill readings were expected to be as low as 2 degrees below zero.
The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for large parts of north Georgia. The weather service said in a statement that the frost advisory will be in effect from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday. The frost advisory covers the entire metro Atlanta area, as well as several Georgia cities. They include LaGrange, Gainesville, Rome and Dalton.