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You better bundle up — again

POSTED: January 18, 2009 11:08 p.m.

Get ready for a second round of cold to hit tonight and early Tuesday morning as an Alberta clipper blows into town.

A second blast of cold air from Canada will bring with it temperatures that aren’t quite as cold as Friday’s frigid temperatures, but winds will be gusting up to 30 mph, according to Robert Beasley, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

"I think people are going to say it feels colder than it did on Friday," he said. "The wind is going to be much worse and the temperatures are going to be down into the teens, down to about 18 to 22 degrees overnight into Tuesday morning. With winds of 20 to 30 mph, it’s going to feel very cold."

He warned that people really should take precautions going out.

"The children who go out to school Tuesday morning are really going to need to bundle up," he warned.

There is a slight chance of snow showers for this afternoon and Tuesday, but Beasley said to expect at most a light dusting for the Gainesville area and perhaps an inch of accumulation in the mountains of North Georgia.

That’s more than fell this weekend, which ended up being little more than just flurries. Some overnight snowfall and iciness caused some minor headaches for area law enforcement on Sunday, but conditions improved as skies brightened through the day.

Dispatchers at sheriff’s offices around North Georgia reported some slick roads earlier in the day, but no real problems, such as accidents, resulting from that.

By the early afternoon, traffic was moving along smoothly along Interstate 985, the main artery through Northeast Georgia.

"So far, so good, as of tonight," Operator Amber Sorrells of the Georgia State Patrol’s Gainesville post said Sunday night.

Walking around outdoors was a different matter.

Even bundling up in several layers, participants in an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day peace march in Cornelia had to fight chilly temperatures made worse by brisk winds.

The Alberta clipper should blow out of the area by Wednesday, and as the winds die down it should be noticeably warmer, Beasley said. Though forecasters are keeping their eyes on another system building over Alaska and Canada, he said right now all signs point to milder weather for the rest of January.

Reporter Jeff Gill contributed to this story.



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