Frigid temps expected overnight

ATLANTA FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy. Windy. High: 49

Tonight: Freezing but mostly clear. Low: 33

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High: 58

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

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The brisk weather Thursday night will turn frigid by Friday morning, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Currently, it’s 40 degrees in Atlanta and it feels like the lower 30s. 

“Skies will start to clear and the winds will die down as we head into the evening,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. “And by tomorrow morning, it’s going to be cold, below freezing.”

Friday’s forecast low is 31 degrees, and the forecast high is 58.

This is after freeze warnings were issued in the wake of plunging temperatures and reports of snow flurries in parts of North Georgia on Thursday morning.

Shortly after one warning expired at 9 a.m., two new ones were issued that cover much of metro Atlanta. Both are scheduled for 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The city of Atlanta opened an emergency warming center at the Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, officials said. The center is located at 3404 Delmar Lane in northwest Atlanta. Those in need of transportation can go to the Gateway Center, located at 275 Pryor Street. Men, women and children are welcome. For more information, contact the Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023.

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“A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely,” the NWS said. “These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.”

A freeze warning goes into effect early Friday for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Catoosa and Fannin counties saw snow flurries early Thursday, according to Channel 2. 

There were no such reports in metro Atlanta.

In fact, long-term models show above-average temperatures, according to Channel 2.

“There will be cold dips here and there, but the trend is above average,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

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