A cold front that brought sub-freezing temperatures into the area Thursday night and Friday should subside slightly over the weekend, according to WRBL Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald. But another front will bring frigid temperatures back early next week when overnight lows are expected to plunge into the teens.
The weekend should see highs around 50 and a low of 38 Saturday night and 29 on Sunday night. The high Monday is expected to be in the high 30s with an overnight low of 17. Tuesday’s high will be around 35 and the low around 20, the Weather Service predicts.
“A strong polar front will be making its way across through the central United States, and that’s going to be coming in late Sunday and Monday,” Jeswald said. “The front will come through Sunday night into Monday. Temperatures will fall through the day setting the stage for Tuesday to be a very cold day.”
It’s possible that the area could see a 48-hour stretch Monday and Tuesday in which temperatures do not get above freezing, he said.
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“The overnight lows may be some of the lowest we’ve seen in some time,” Jeswald said.
The new front will also bring strong, gusting winds that will cause bone-chilling wind chill factors, Jeswald said. Tuesday morning could see wind chill factors in the teens.
With that in mind Jeswald also wants to remind parents that, with students going back Muscogee County Schools on Tuesday, that their children be “layered up” and leave as little skin as possible exposed to the cold and the wind.
Jeswald advised pet owners to bring pets inside if possible on the coldest nights, but if they must remain outside, make sure they have shelter and possibly some old blankets they can burrow into. Water is also critical to outdoor pets because extreme cold can dehydrate them, he said.
Even with what could turn out to be near-record lows, Jeswald said he doesn’t expect to see any snow locally. The northern parts of Georgia and Alabama could see some snow, but probably not this far south, he said.