This morning, I recorded a low of 13.5 degrees at my home near Brookwood High School. That’s the lowest temperature reading I’ve had since I started keeping records in January of 2002. While that’s mighty cold, it’s not going to match the record of 5 degrees, set on January 16, 1972.
The cold weather stretched across Georgia this morning, with lows of 10 degrees reported in Canton, Chamblee, Dalton, Marietta and Rome, 12 degrees in Atlanta Hartsfield, Canton, Gainesville and Marietta. Elsewhere, it was 14 in Athens, 19 in Columbus, 21 in Macon and 30 degrees in Brunswick.
If we get above 32 degrees today, it won’t be for very long. Saturday morning’s temperatures are going to approach this morning’s lows, but again, it’s not likely to be record-breaking. The record low for January 17th in Atlanta is 0, set in 1982.
Temperatures will begin to rise on Saturday, setting the stage for some possible wintry weather from Saturday night into Sunday. This appears to be a somewhat tricky forecast, since models vary on the amount of moisture available for precipitation. Conditions will be cold enough to support snow, however, so stay tuned as the weekend progresses.
The unusually cold weather hasn’t been confined to Georgia. As the cold air moved across the country this week, a record low ever for Illinois was recorded at 27 below 0. Yesterday’s low temperature was -48 in Garrison, North Dakota.