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Unsafe wind chills expected Saturday; warmer temps Sunday

07 January 2018

A gradual warmup will get going in earnest today following another cold night that saw lows fall into the teens in north Alabama and 20s all the way into south Alabama.

Come Sunday, the skies will be mostly sunny with a high around 50 degrees. An area of low pressure will push a precipitation into the area mainly overnight into Monday.

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Frigid temperatures in north Georgia aren't showing any signs of letting up as forecasters are predicting freezing rain in Dawson County beginning Sunday night into Monday. This is the greatest concern for the Monday morning commute.

A light wintry mix is possible Monday, but conditions look much brighter for Tuesday and Wednesday. Any ice accumulations are expected to be relatively light, averaging less than a tenth of an inch.

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The National Weather Service warns of "gale force wind gusts and heavy freezing spray" until Sunday morning. Air temperatures should rise above freezing late Sunday afternoon and evening, but ground and road temperatures will remain below freezing. By noon, most of the area will have seen a transition to cold rain as highs approach 40 degrees.

The good news is temperatures are expected to reach the mid 30s, but there's a 30 percent chance of snow after 2 p.m., according the weather service. Scattered showers are possible Thursday with highs in the upper 50s.

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Unsafe wind chills expected Saturday; warmer temps Sunday