Blast of Arctic air to send temperatures plummeting

Strong winds will deliver a blast of Arctic air late Tuesday and Tuesday night, when the coldest temperatures since last winter are expected, but highs will climb back into the 60s by the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for metro Atlanta and the rest of north Georgia for winds gusting to 35 mph. The wind advisory is in effect through 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A freeze warning takes effect at 10 p.m. and continues through 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Freezing temperatures are expected to be felt overnight as far south as the Florida panhandle, according to the Weather Service’s freeze warning.

Forecasters warned that the brisk overnight winds will drop wind chills into the teens Tuesday night across metro Atlanta.

Highs Tuesday reached the mid-50s before starting to plummet around mid-afternoon.

Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said lows Tuesday night should drop into the mid-20s.

Wednesday’s highs will only reach the upper 40s, followed by lows Wednesday night around 30 degrees.

Afternoon temperatures should be in the upper 50s Thursday and Friday, then climb into the mid-60s Saturday, Burns said. Lows are expected to be in the around 40 degrees Thursday night and upper 40s Friday night.

—Angel K. Brooks contributed to this report.