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Big chill to stick around another day

POSTED: November 13, 2013 12:51 a.m.

Keep the heavy coat handy for one more day.

A hard freeze in the Gainesville area is forecast for tonight’s low, at 29 degrees. 

A freeze warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. today, and from 10 tonight until 9 a.m. Thursday.

“A really strong arctic high has come all the way down, at least from Canada,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Gibbs. “It’s just a really strong Canadian Arctic high.”

A freeze warning means freezing temperatures are forecast to threaten outdoor plants. Tender vegetation should be protected or harvested, the weather service said.

Gibbs said it was “pretty early” for Northeast Georgia to experience such cold temperatures.

“It’s the first push of cold arctic air, and we are transitioning into winter,” he said.

The area may have dodged a winter weather bullet, though, Gibbs said.

Last week, he said, computer models began to hint at extreme cold weather along with moisture that might have produced winter weather such as snow, sleet or freezing rain.

“The cold front sort of dried up” as it pushed south, Gibbs said.

The warming trend begins Thursday, when the high should be in the mid-50s, with a low that night of 39, still chilly but well above the freezing mark.

After another high in the mid-50s Friday, that night’s low should be in the mid-40s. Then highs for the weekend should be in the 60s, with lows around 50.

The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of showers beginning Friday, climbing to 30 percent Saturday night, 40 percent Sunday night and peaking at 50 percent Monday night.


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