Power crews are responding to scattered outages across the state as winds howl and temperatures plunge.
Temperatures early Friday dipped into the lower 20s in metro Atlanta and into the teens in parts of the north Georgia mountains. Georgia Power reported more than 400 power outages in Atlanta's southern suburbs and more than 150 outages in communities just north of Atlanta.
The National Weather Service issued winter weather and wind chill advisories for parts of northern Georgia Friday morning.
Forecasters say areas 1,500 feet or more above sea level could see a snow accumulation of up to one inch. Low temperatures overnight could lead to icy roads throughout north Georgia between Rome and Cleveland.
According to CBS Atlanta Meteorologist Jennifer Valdez:
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY has been issued for the mountains of Northern GA until 11am. That means wind chills will be below 0! The highest elevations of the mountains will see wind chills as low as -5!
Today: Very cold. High temp near 37. Gusty winds up to 20 mph.
Tonight: Another cold night. Low: 23. Winds from the East at 5-15 mph.
Saturday: Mostly Sunny. High: 46. East winds at 5-15 mph.
Thankfully, schools are closed and many people are still on holiday vacations, so impacts look to be minimal with this event.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Friday for Murray, Gilmer, Pickens, Fannin, Union, Towns, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Dade, Walker and Chattooga counties. It is very likely wind chills on Friday morning in these areas will range from 10 degrees down to 0 degrees. Extra layers of clothes are urged if you plan on spending any excessive time outside on Friday.
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