We’re about to get some unusual weather, starting tonight, when a low pressure system in Indiana causes a cold front to pass through the Atlanta area. There’s a chance of thunderstorms, however since it didn’t get as warm today as initially forecast, they are not likely to be severe.
Monday and Tuesday bring the return of Old Man Winter. After a blustery day on Monday, temperatures will drop towards the freezing mark Monday night, with a chance of light snow. Right now, the thinking is that with the wind and precipitation, temperatures won’t drop below freezing, and if they do, it will only be for a short time.
The real risk of a late winter freeze comes Tuesday evening. Tuesday promises to be a colder version of Monday, with continued windy weather and a chance of rain early. By Tuesday evening, the rain, if any will diminish, and clear skies mean the chances for a freeze improve.
Will the freeze be as bad as the Easter Freeze of 2007? In checking various forecasts, I see predictions all over the map, from staying above freezing both nights to lows in the mid-20s Tuesday night. The forecast is complicated by the chance of rain, the winds, and the timing of the front’s movement. Everyone agrees that on Wednesday, we’ll begin to see a warming trend. Reviewing the Easter Freeze two years ago, we had temperatures below 30 degrees two days in a row, with temperatures below freezing for eight hours on the seventh. As you may recall, this caused lots of damage to the azaleas and spring flora. In addition, a warm March–four degrees warmer on average than March, 2009–caused more plants to be in bloom than what we’re seeing now. I’m hoping that the freeze won’t be that bad this year.