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Cold turkey: Cool air moves in for Thanksgiving
Black Friday shoppers will have to bundle up as temps drop to seasonal levels
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Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Partly cloudy tonight with a low around 41.
Thanksgiving Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Mostly cloudy overnight with a low around 35.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high near 54. Partly cloudy overnight with a low around 35.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 59. Partly cloudy overnight with a low around 36.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near 59. Mostly cloudy overnight with a low around 44.
Source: National Weather Service, Peachtree City

Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose as you head to spend Thanksgiving Day with family and friends or join thousands of others seeking Black Friday shopping deals later this week.

Seasonal weather is returning and it is going to be a cold holiday week, especially in the North Georgia mountains.

Temperatures will start slipping today as a cold front moves through. But the really cold air will be spreading across the state Thursday and Friday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Shirley Lamback.

Though today’s high should still be in the 60s in Gainesville, the forecast high for Thursday and Friday is in the mid-50s.

Overnight temperatures will dip into the mid-30s tonight and through the remainder of the week, she said. In the mountains, lows will drop below freezing throughout the weekend, dipping into the 20s Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

That would make it a chilly night at Friday’s state playoff football games in the area. Fans should bundle up as they head out to City Park Stadium to watch Gainesville play Cairo, to Buford where the Wolves take on Cook and to Columbus where Flowery Branch travels to face Carver.

The cold weather in the mountains also could mean some frozen precipitation at the end of the week.

"Also, we’ve got a deep upper trough that’s going to be pushing through Thursday and Friday and may squeeze out a few flurries, but up in the mountains only," Lamback said. "Right now we don’t expect anything in the Gainesville or metro Atlanta area."

If your holiday travel is taking you farther north, you stand a better chance of running into some snow. Higher elevation areas around Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C., could have snow showers on Thursday or Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

For Northeast Georgia, there isn’t a real warming trend expected anytime soon, Lamback said, as the forecast represents more of a seasonal weather pattern.

"Right now, it looks like Friday we’re not going to have a lot of clouds around, so once the sun goes down, the temperatures are going to fall pretty quickly," she said.

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