Temperatures dropped to 17 degrees in Atlanta before dawn Wednesday but are expected to climb above freezing later in the day.
The slow warm-up expected across the state comes after two days of below-freezing temperatures in Georgia. In Atlanta, The temperature hit a record low of 6 degrees early Tuesday.
Lows early Wednesday morning ranged from 11 degrees in Rome to 30 degrees in Brunswick.
The cold weather continued posing problems ranging from frozen water pipes to water main breaks. In metro Atlanta, crews early Wednesday morning were trying to fix a water main break that sent water spraying an estimated five stories into the air near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Interstate 285.
The National Weather Service called for a high of 41 degrees in Atlanta on Wednesday as part of a warming trend that includes a projected high of 63 degrees in Atlanta on Saturday.
According to CBS Atlanta Meteorologist Jennifer Valdez:
Right Now - Temperatures will finally reach above freezing this afternoon as temperatures warm up to the low to mid 30s by lunch time. Wednesday afternoon skies will be mostly sunny as highs reach the low 40's. A Slight chance of rain arrives Thursday with scattered rain by Friday night/Saturday.
Wednesday - Mostly clear and warmer with a high of 42 degrees.
Wednesday night - Mostly clear with a Low of 28 and an east wind blowing at 5 mph.
Thursday - More clouds and warmer. High of 46
Atlanta's temperature dropped to 6 degrees in Atlanta on Tuesday at 8:13 a.m. That is Atlanta's coldest temperature in 18 years, when it also hit 6 degrees on Feb. 5, 1996. But Tuesday's low didn't even make the top 10 coldest list.
The all-time recorded coldest temperature in Atlanta was -9 degrees in 1899, according to the National Weather Service.
Tuesday's low was much further down the list at #48. It can always be worse.
Top 10 Coldest Temperatures in Atlanta
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