WEDNESDAY’S WEATHER TRAFFIC: Highs near 60 before next chance of rain, wintry mix

Warmer weather drew Maya Dickson, 16, a student dual enrolled at Georgia Tech and North Atlanta High School, to study her math in a hammock on Wednesday on the Tech campus. Wednesday's projected high of 59 was five degrees above average for this time of year. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

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Warmer weather drew Maya Dickson, 16, a student dual enrolled at Georgia Tech and North Atlanta High School, to study her math in a hammock on Wednesday on the Tech campus. Wednesday's projected high of 59 was five degrees above average for this time of year. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

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Above-average temperatures, a rush of cold air and the potential for freezing rain are all in North Georgia’s forecast over the next three days.

At least on Wednesday, the region will stay dry as warm air builds in ahead of the next wet weather system slated to arrive Wednesday night, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon. There will be a few more clouds around than on Tuesday, but Deon said there will be no rain to dampen daytime plans.

“If you have to get out and about today, we’ll have some sunshine, a few clouds, and we are keeping it dry,” she said. “Temperatures are going to feel a lot nicer than where they have been.”

After a start in the upper 30s, Atlanta is headed for the upper 50s Wednesday afternoon. A projected high of 59 is five degrees above average for this time of year. That warmth will be short-lived, however.

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Atlanta is headed for a projected high of 59 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon.

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Atlanta is headed for a projected high of 59 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon.

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Atlanta is headed for a projected high of 59 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon.

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

“We’ll get another push of cold air,” Deon said. “Not quite as cold as it has been because we will have a lot of cloud cover around, but we do have a front moving in, and behind it, it will turn colder.”

Temperatures will drop back to 47 degrees overnight, according to Deon, and they won’t recover that much during the day Thursday with a projected high of 49. Rain will move in early Thursday morning for a “messy start,” she said.

“We’ll have some light showers behind that (cold front), and then the front will sit to our south and stall out,” she said. “Low pressure travels right along that front, and colder air is moving in, so that’s what’s going to bring us the opportunity for at least some winter weather in parts of far North Georgia.”

Clouds and light freezing rain are expected starting Friday morning. Deon said the latest forecast models are keeping the snow threat well to the east of metro Atlanta, and the switch to snow is not expected until late Friday night. There is still an opportunity for some areas of ice on Friday, she said.

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The latest forecast models show the potential for snow in far northeast Georgia on Friday night, with a chance of freezing rain in the eastern part of the state, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon.

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The latest forecast models show the potential for snow in far northeast Georgia on Friday night, with a chance of freezing rain in the eastern part of the state, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon.

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The latest forecast models show the potential for snow in far northeast Georgia on Friday night, with a chance of freezing rain in the eastern part of the state, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon.

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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Partly cloudy with temperatures around 60 today

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