North Georgia is looking down the barrel of a 40-degree temperature drop over the next couple of days.
Afternoon highs will be near average Tuesday in the upper 60s, and Wednesday will be even warmer with a high of 70 degrees, according to Channel 2 Action News. By Saturday, those numbers are expected to slide all the way down to 33 degrees in Atlanta.
That’s not the end of the slide, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. A much colder week is coming.
“By the time we hit next week, we're going to see some lows in the teens and 20s,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “Yes, I said teens and 20s.”
The next shot of cold air is expected with an approaching cold front that will bring more rain to end the work week, he said. But the coldest air of the season is still building well to the north of the state and will start to filter in next week.
“That is the start of a cold weather pattern that will take us through the middle of November,” he said.
Tuesday is actually starting out pretty comfortable with some increased cloud cover helping to keep North Georgia warmer than the day before. Temperatures are in the 40s in the mountains but in the 50s everywhere else, which is about 10 to 15 degrees higher than Monday morning, according to Channel 2.
Some light sprinkles are falling in a few spots. Monahan said the rain chances are very limited Tuesday, and any places that do see rain will only get a few hundredths of an inch.
“Where it’s falling, it’s just enough to make the ground just a little bit wet, and sometimes those can be some of the slickest times you see on the roads,” he said. “Keep an eye out for some of that sheen on the roads. That will be your clue that there’s a little bit of moisture out there.”
The clouds and the sprinkles should stick around through about 10 a.m., according to Channel 2. After that, North Georgia is expected to clear out.
“We'll see increasing sunshine early this afternoon,” Monahan said. “By late afternoon, partly cloudy. It finishes really nice for your Tuesday as we climb up into the 60s to around 70 degrees.”
Monahan said it will be slightly warmer Wednesday afternoon before the plunge in temps, but it is typical of fall to see big swings like that.
More rain could accompany the much lower temperatures. Thursday and Friday have a 40% and 30% chance of some showers, respectively.
“The possibility of a half-inch or more of rain (is) coming up Thursday night into Friday,” he said.