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Freeze warning issued for Wednesday morning

PEACHTREE CITY — Think Georgia has left the cold weather behind for the next few months? Guess again.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for north Georgia, including parts of the Southern Crescent, Tuesday morning. Residents in Butts, Clayton and Henry counties can expect to wake up to frigid temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to low 30s through 9 a.m. Wednesday, officials from the weather service said.

“A freeze warning means freezing temperatures are forecast to threaten outdoor plants,” weather service officials said in the bulletin. “Those with agricultural interests in the warned area are advised to protect tender vegetation.”

The freeze warning comes on the heels of a wind advisory in effect from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Winds are expected to range from 15 mph to 25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph, according to a weather service bulletin.

“Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” the weather bulletin said.

Both the freeze warning and wind advisory, of course, come after heavy rains that moved through the area Monday and early Tuesday. The weather service reported on its website that as much as 0.91 inches of rain was recorded at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport between 11 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

An additional 0.09 inches was recorded at the airport between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday.

The temperatures for Wednesday are expected to reach a high of 59 degrees after the freeze warning ends. However, the nighttime low heading into Thursday is expected to fall to around 39 degrees. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate between the mid-40s and the mid-60s Thursday and Friday, with the work week ending with a 40 percent chance of rain.

On the bright side, residents can expect sunny weather with temperatures in the 70s this weekend.