Columbus to experience coldest weather of season this week

Valley residents should prepare for near freezing temperatures in a few days as another Polar Vortex pushes frigid air to the south, WRBL Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald predicts.

Thursday will see temperatures begin to drop but Friday night should be when we see the harshest low temperatures, which Jeswald said should be in the low to mid 30s.

The culprit, Jeswald said, is the same kind of system that brought record low temperatures to the area in January. He doesn’t expect anything as dramatic as that system, which pushed low temperatures into the single digits, but he expects “the coldest weather so far this season.”

“These temperatures are going to be in some cases 20 degrees cooler that we’re seeing today,” Jeswald said. “Friday will be the coldest day of this system. Even though Thursday will start off the cool plunge, it will really settle in here on Friday.” The weather system is expected to push temperatures into the 20s in parts of north Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. It projects low temperatures Friday and Saturday morning from the mid-20s to lower 30s in north Georgia; and from the upper 20s to upper 30s in central Georgia.

Daytime highs Friday are expected to be in the 40s and 50s across much of the state.

The weather service said the coldest temperatures are expected after a cold front moves across Georgia on Wednesday.

It is part of a larger system that brought wintry weather to parts of the Rockies and Upper Midwest Monday, leaving a foot of snow in some areas.

Mild temperatures were expected Tuesday, with a high in Atlanta of around 72 degrees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.