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November winds bring first freeze to North Ga. tonight
Tender plants at greatest risk as temps drop into the low 30s overnight
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Northeast Georgia is feeling a cold, blustery start to November.

A freeze warning is in effect from midnight through 9 a.m. Sunday in Hall and other Northeast Georgia counties.

In addition, a wind advisory remains in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wind gusts could reach 25-30 mph as a cold front moves in.

Temperatures overnight Friday dipped as low as 36 at the National Weather Service recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville. With winds reaching 23 mph, that dropped wind-chill values into the upper 20s.

Some snow showers fell in the Northeast Georgia mountains Friday night, with the East Hall football team playing through the flakes in its victory over Fannin County in Blue Ridge.

Other areas saw only light flurries overnight.

One of the major concerns of the early freeze, however, is its effect on vegetation.

“This could be pretty much a killing freeze,” said George Wetzel, forecaster for the Weather Service’s Peachtree City office. “We’re worried about the damaging or the killing of the tender vegetation, so by all means, if there’s one takeaway from this, anything sensitive that you don’t want to have a problem with, go ahead and bring it in.”

Today’s temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 40s under mostly sunny skies.

“It’ll be pretty breezy out — we’re going to be up to about 25 miles (per hour) winds, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a wind chill,” Wetzel said.

Lows overnight could fall to the lower 30s and below freezing in some areas.

Sunday will be a bit warmer, with highs in the mid 50s, with lighter winds and sunshine. Monday begins a warming trend with highs back in the mid-60s, lows in the mid-40s and more sunshine.

 

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