Atlanta weather | Even colder temperatures on the way

If you think it’s cold now, you’d better grab some extra layers soon. Below-freezing temperatures and maybe some snow are on the way, according to forecasters.

How cold will it be? In the single digits Tuesday morning, Meteorologist David Chandley with Channel 2 Action News said. In the days ahead, the metro area is expected to face some of the coldest temperatures in a decade, Chandley said.

High temperatures Monday and Tuesday will remain in the 20s as metro area teachers and students return from the winter break. In Cobb County, school bus drivers will start their vehicles Monday and early Tuesday before picking up students for morning routes, Jay Dillon, school district spokesman, said Friday.

But even before that, the Atlanta area could see snow, Chandley said.

Clouds are expected to move in Saturday evening, when temperatures will reach the low 40s. Sunday’s high temperature will reach 50 degrees before a drastic drop, Chandley said.

“By Sunday afternoon, we’ll start seeing some scattered showers,” Chandley said.

And later Sunday night, that rain could turn to snow, and some accumulation is possible.

“Then it’s just plain cold on Monday morning and Monday afternoon,” Chandley said. “We’re going to have an extended period of below-freezing temperatures.”

Windy weather early Friday brought down numerous trees in the metro area, but no significant icing was reported.

Emergency responders urge people to be prepared before winter weather hits and possibly causes a loss of heat, power, gas and phone service. Winter weather kits should include flashlights, batteries, water, non-perishable food, blankets and sleeping bags, according to Capt. Tommy Rutledge with the Gwinnett County fire department.