The chilly wind you feel today is courtesy of a cold front bringing Canadian air into North Georgia. The front stretched from New York to Louisiana early this morning, crossing the Atlanta area, and by this evening will be into mid-Florida. Tonight, we’ll have the coldest temperatures of the year so far, with an expected low around 34. Possible freezing conditions extend as far south as Florida:
Tuesday night could be even colder, with dry air and clear skies radiating whatever warmth we get during the day. The possible good news is that unless if it doesn’t get down to freezing, we may not get much frost tonight due to the winds. By tomorrow night, the winds should start to diminish, making frost more likely.
Unless temperatures get much colder than expected, it probably won’t be a record. The record low for October 28th at Hartsfield airport is 31 degrees, set back in 1957, while the record for the 29th is 28 degrees in 1976.
So if you’re like me, and still have houseplants outdoors, today might be a good day to bring the plants inside. For that matter, if you still have summer annuals outside, pull them up–it’s a lot easier to do before the cold weather gets to them.