Metro Atlantans awakened to temperatures in the mid-20s early Friday — colder than in some parts of Alaska, where it was 28 in Anchorage. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

'Disrespectfully cold': Atlanta reacts to Alaska-like weather

It's hard to exaggerate how cold it is in Atlanta today: a freeze warning gripped the metro area Thursday night and this morning, as temperatures dipped into the mid-20s: "Those temperatures were about 20 degrees below normal and colder than in some parts of Alaska, where it was 28 in Anchorage," wrote the AJC's Mike Morris.

Today's temperatures were the lowest since February, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller -- and February was the last time a serious winter storm hit Atlanta, just weeks after a January storm paralyzed the metro area's roadways and stranded many of its citizens

The city awoke unhappy.

On the other hand:

Temperatures will slowly rise through the beginning of next week, with Monday lows in the mid-40s, before plunging Tuesday night -- possibly into the teens. Be sure to review our cold weathet tips on plants, pets and people. Tip No. 1: Stay indoors.

The good news is: Georgia's coldest day on record was much worse, at -17 degrees, in Floyd County, in 1940.

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