It is a lot cooler in North Georgia on Wednesday after a front swept through the region the day before and brought heavy rain and storms.
“We have temperatures now in the 40s and even some 30s in the northeast Georgia mountains,” Channel 2 Acton News meteorologist Eboni Deon said. “In comparison to yesterday, our temperatures are running a good 10 to 15 degrees colder.”
While sunshine is back, temperatures will be slow to rise, according to the news station.
Metro Atlanta is likely to stay in the 40s for much of the morning before making it to the 50s around lunchtime. The projected high is only 61 degrees, nearly 10 degrees below average for this time of year.
It will stay cool through Wednesday evening, but Deon said with dry conditions things aren’t looking so bad.
“High pressure is dominating our weather, so it is going to keep us dry through this afternoon,” she said. “Along with the sunshine, we'll have breezy northwest winds kicking up around 20 mph but gusting even higher.”
There is still some leftover damage from the quick-moving storms that swept through metro Atlanta at midday Tuesday. Thousands were left without electricity after falling trees took down power lines.
A few hundred Georgia Power customers were still in the dark Wednesday morning.
In southeast Atlanta, a large tree from a neighbor’s yard fell on a home on McPherson Avenue.
Tuesday’s storms have applied another effect on conditions Wednesday: a lower pollen count. The count stands at 1,657 pollen particles per cubic meter of air, which Atlanta Allergy and Asthma still considers to be in the extremely high range.
Pollen levels have come down each day since peaking Sunday with a count of 8,918, according to the allergy organization, which tracks the daily pollen count.
Trees like oak, pine, sycamore, maple and willow are the top contributors to Wednesday’s count. While grass and weed pollen are low, mold activity is in the extremely high range.
Dry weather and lower temperatures are expected to continue Thursday.
“On Thursday, even though we will be off to another chilly start down into the 40s, by the afternoon we'll be hitting close to 70 degrees,” Deon said. “We have warmer weather on the way as we head into the weekend.”
A return to the upper 70s this weekend comes with a small chance for rain on Sunday, according to Channel 2.
Metro Atlanta interstates remain lighter-than-normal Wednesday with much of the state staying home from work and school.
There are no major delays at 9 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
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