First Alert Forecast | This this weekend is cold? Wait until late next week...

Published: Dec. 17, 2022 at 6:58 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2022 at 10:06 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Saturday was dominated by a mostly cloudy sky and chilly afternoon temperatures. But, as chilly as this weekend is, it’ll be frigid late next week, into Christmas weekend.

Temperatures have cooled into the upper 30s and lower 40s at 10 p.m. across Metro Atlanta. Temperatures bottom-out in the upper 20s and lower 30s around sunrise Sunday. A light freeze is forecast for nearly all of North Georgia, include inside the Perimeter. If you have sensitive plants outside, cover them or bring them in.Under lots of sunshine, temperatures warm into the lower 40s by noon Sunday. Plan on temperatures peaking in the mid to upper 40s in many spots Sunday afternoon. A light breeze will make it feel even chillier. Get outside and enjoy the day, but bundle up.

A chilly pattern lingers through the middle of next workweek. A system passing to our south spreads more clouds and a chance of light rain into North Georgia Monday, into Tuesday. Temperatures may be cold enough for a few sleet pellets or flurries to mix in Monday evening or Tuesday. But, the chance of seeing anything other than sprinkles or a very cold light rain remains low.

FIRST ALERT | Frigid cold, risk of wintry weather arrive late next week...

Unseasonably cold air has shifted out of Siberia, across the North Pole and is now filtering into northwestern Canada. Cold air is forecast to seep into the United States next week and arrive in North Georgia late Thursday or Friday. Temperatures plummet behind the front - most likely to arrive Thursday night or Friday morning - and remain below freezing through much of the holiday weekend. Pipe-bursting cold is a possibility. The front may also be accompanied by light rain, transitioning to light snow Thursday night into Friday. Winds will be gusty behind the front; dropping wind chills to dangerous levels.

Read the latest on next week’s arctic front here and get a check of the forecast if you’re on-the-go here.

Have a great rest of your weekend,