ATLANTA, GA — It’s going to freeze this weekend in metro Atlanta and it’s going to rain. Fortunately for us all — particularly those planning on being out on the roads — the two are not expected to happen at the same time.
Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing in north Georgia Friday night. The rain is expected to start Saturday evening and continue all day Sunday. But, by then, the temperature should have inched up enough that we don’t have another frozen-roads nightmare in the area.
Friday night’s low is predicted to be 27 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. But it should only get down to 37 on Saturday night, when an 80 percent chance of rain is expected to start around 1 a.m.
Sunday morning should be soggy, too, with a 90 percent chance of rain through about 1 p.m. dropping to about a 20 percent chance by Sunday night.
So, stay warm, stay dry and try not to think about the fact that Georgia’s very own weather-predicting groundhog says that we’re in for at least another six weeks of this mess.
Here’s your weekend weather forecast for metro Atlanta, from the National Weather Service:
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind around 15 m.p.h, with gusts as high as 25 m.p.h. Partly cloudy Friday night, with a low around 27. Northwest wind 5-10 m.p.h. becoming light and variable after midnight.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48. East wind 5-10 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 15 m.p.h. Saturday night, rain, mainly after 1 a.m. Low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Sunday: Rain, mainly before 1 p.m. High near 49. Southeast wind around 5 m.p.h. becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. A 20 percent chance of rain Sunday night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
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