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Arctic blasts bottoms out this morning
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Arctic blasts bottoms out this morning

Arctic blasts bottoms out this morning
Photo Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
A fountain Deering and Peachtree Street in front of Aveda Institute in Atlanta was frozen on Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2014.

Arctic blasts bottoms out this morning

So this is as bad as it’s going to get. At least for this week.

“Once again we find Anchorage, Alaska warmer than metro Atlanta, even the sight of the Winter Olympics in Russia is warmer” says WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish. “Dress in layers and cover exposed skin.”

A wind chill warning is in place until 10 a.m. Friday. It will feel as cold as below zero anywhere from along and north of a line from LaGrange to Gainesville.

The actual air temperature will be anywhere from nine to 14, making it the second time this month we’ve had single digit temperatures in metro Atlanta.

“Take precautions for pets, pipes and automobiles,” says Mellish.

The cold weather has already prompted five north Georgia counties to delay the start of school by two hours Friday morning. Chattooga, Habersham, Murray, Rabun and White county schools announced the two-hour delays late Thursday.

There will be plenty of sun on Friday but it really won’t help much. The high in Atlanta will be around 34. Some in the suburbs won’t get back above freezing until mid day Saturday. Overnight lows again will dip down 17-20.

34 is the normal low temperature for this time of year. Average highs are in the lower 50s.

So far the average temperature for January is 4.1 degrees below normal, “which is a lot,” says Mellish. And that includes three days in the 60s. The latest of which was Monday.

Friday will be the 14th day this month with low temperatures below freezing.

The good news, we will slowly inch our way back toward normal this weekend. But just briefly.

A mix of clouds and sun for the weekend, any flurries or drizzle Saturday will have no impact says Mellish and mostly dry. Highs Saturday will be around 48 with lows in the low to mid-20s. We will to stay above freezing all day Sunday with with highs around 52 and lows 32-35.

Temps start to drop again on Monday. Look for highs in the mid 40s under partly sunny skies.

Then the next arctic blast approaches.

“Any drizzle or flurries Monday through Wednesday will not be significant and just slight chances but a fifth arctic blast will drop temperatures 22 degrees below normal by Tuesday,” says Mellish. “It will remain cold the rest of next week. We will have to monitor any winter precipitation by the end of next week or following weekend as well.”

On Tuesday Mellish is calling for highs around 34 with lows in the teens.

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