A freeze warning has been issued for the north Georgia mountains while the rest of the metro will be under a freeze watch as temperatures plummet tonight.

If you like cold weather, you’ll be happy this weekend

If you’ve been waiting for it to feel like winter, your time has come.

The wake-up temps today will be in the mid 30s and will peak in the mid 50s. On Sunday, temps will reach the mid 50s. Some areas of the state will see snow flurries this weekend as Arctic air moves into Georgia.

On Friday afternoon, Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns said a massive list of watches, warnings and advisories was issued by the National Weather Service for much of north Georgia. A winter weather advisory was issued for extreme north Georgia, he said.

Winter weather advisory: Issued for Lumpkin, Pickens, Gilmer, White, Dawson, Union, Towns and Fannin counties through noon Saturday.

“We could see a half to one inch of snow above 2,500 feet according to the NWS with 2 inches on top of Brasstown Bald mountain, above 4,500 feet,” said Burns.

Wind advisory: Issued for the entire state for Saturday. The NWS said wind gusts could reach 35 mph this weekend.

The weather service advised farmers and those with sensitive plants to make plans to protect that vegetation because the cold could could kill or damage plants.

Road construction

The Arctic chill will not stop the Georgia Department of Transportation from working the interstates around Metro Atlanta. Here are the spots to avoid or build in extra time for:

I-285: Lanes will close between Bolton Road and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway through 5 a.m. Monday. Crews may redirect traffic while they re-strip bridges on the south side interchange at I-85 until 5 a.m. Monday.

I-20: Two westbound lanes will close between Windsor Street and Lucille Avenue through early Monday morning.

I-75: Two northbound lanes between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard will be closed continuously until 9 p.m. Sunday.

Ga. 400: Two northbound and two southbound lanes at the Northridge Road Interchange in North Fulton County will close until 9 p.m. Saturday. One northbound lane between Sidney Marcus Boulevard and Wieuca Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend events

Frightful events will continue past Halloween with fests and haunted houses in the area. For more palatable fun, visit the lobster fest in Candler Park or the Chomp & Stomp at Cabbagetown Park.

For more information, see weekend events here.

— Channel 2 Action News contributed to this report.

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