Coldest weather in nearly 9 years, wintry mix arrives in north Georgia

ATLANTA — The metro Atlanta area will likely experience the coldest weather in nearly nine years on Friday and Saturday.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brad Nitz says a wind chill warning has been issued for far north Georgia for Friday through noon on Saturday. A wind chill advisory is in effect for metro Atlanta.

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Nitz forecasts temperatures on Saturday morning to be the coldest since January 2015. Nitz added that hypothermia and frostbite are major concerns.

“We’ll stay below freezing for about 80 hours, from early Friday to midday Monday,” Nitz said. “Saturday morning will be the coldest in nearly nine years if we get to the expected 10 degrees.”

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Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency for all of Georgia that went into effect Wednesday. He urged Georgians to stay home if they can on Friday.

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Here’s what to know about the system:

  • Wintry mix of snow and ice possible in the mountains overnight.
  • Gusts anywhere from 25-40 mph possible
  • Wind chill will be well below zero in metro Atlanta and even colder wind chills in the mountains.
  • Temperatures will be barely in the upper teens/low 20s on Friday afternoon

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