The coldest air of the season, so far, will come piping into the Mid-Atlantic region later this week. The recorded temperatures were 49 degrees in Atlanta, 44 in Blairsville and 48 in Griffin just after 11 a.m. Wednesday. This is about 5 degrees lower the same time period on Tuesday, according to a news channel. After reaching a high of 58 degrees in Atlanta by 3 p.m. Wednesday, the latest forecast indicates temperatures will begin a slow drop.
Coldest Air Of The Season Arrives This Week
A cold front is expected to reach Georgia Thursday morning that could mean below-freezing weather in Atlanta and a few sprinkles in far North Georgia, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. However, “it’s going to take a little while for it to filter in,” she said. High temperatures will struggle in the 30s, lows in some locations dip into the teens, and blustery conditions will bring a wintry feeling in the air. By Friday, metro Atlanta could wake up to lows in the 20s.
Get ready! Coldest air of the season is on the way for Friday and Saturday. I show how cold at 6:49. pic.twitter.com/1Bde7aXsSG
— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) December 7, 2016
According to 11 Alive, Friday afternoon's high temperatures will be about 10-15 degrees below average when we only top off at 43 degrees. Some parts of metro Atlanta may not even make it out of the 30s Friday afternoon. It gets cold again Friday night into Saturday morning. We will start off Saturday morning with a low of 24 degrees. By Saturday afternoon, we move up to only 48 degrees. That's a little higher than Friday, but still close to 10 degrees below average.
Frigid Air To Grip Midwestern Too
The coldest air so far this season will continue to sweep across the central and eastern United States into the weekend. “The bitterly cold air that has spilled into the Rockies and northern Plains will continue to spread south and eastward for the rest of the week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said. Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Chicago before expanding eastward to Richmond, Virginia and Boston.
The harshest conditions will reach the Northeast by the weekend. New York City will record their first freeze of the season by Saturday morning. The city will fall well short of setting the latest first freeze on record, which currently stands at Dec. 22, 1998. Gusty winds will add to the biting chill across the Midwest and Northeast. The cold will be ushered in by wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph, helping to trigger some lake-effect snow.