Cold front brings strong winds, light flurries

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ATLANTA - Overnight, temperatures in north Georgia dropped and light snow fell, and the chill continues Wednesday.

Metro Atlanta residents woke up to temperatures in the 30s and 35 mph wind gusts.

“When you factor in the wind, it makes it feel even colder,” Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

The area is under a wind advisory until 7 p.m. Minton said temperatures will peak in the upper 40s, and skies will be partly cloudy. Meanwhile, there is a winter storm warning for Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Towns, Union and White counties until 7 p.m.

Channel 2’s Darryn Moore headed to the north Georgia mountains, where crews with the state Department of Transportation worked to clear roads amid morning flurries.  The inclement weather prompted closures for several school districts including Dawson, Rabun and Towns County schools. Fannin, Union and White County schools opened on delays.

Closer to the city, heavy winds took down trees, causing power outages. Georgia Power said statewide, there were 3,600 outages at 6:30 a.m.

Channel 2’s Amanda Cook was on Collier Road in northwest Atlanta, where a large tree fell on several cars. The tree at the Collier Greens apartments came crashing down just after midnight and landed on four cars in the parking lot. One of the car owners said he had just parked and went inside when the tree came crashing down.

"I just walked out and all I could say was, ‘Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.’ I literally just walked in the house. I'm glad no one got hurt, including myself," Marvin Terrell told Cook.

Minton said after Wednesday, the area will see a warm-up. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-60s by the end of the week. We’ll have the latest forecast beginning on Channel 2 Action News at Noon and 4.

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