ATLANTA, GA — Metro Atlanta was in for a crazy day of weather on Tuesday, with high temperatures expected to hit nearly 50 before the bottom drops out, bringing snow and dangerous wind chills to the area.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory starting at 5 p.m. in most of metro Atlanta and earlier in some areas further north. And, at 9 p.m., a wind chill advisory goes into effect, when the temperature could drop to 15 degrees and gusty wind could make it feel like zero.
“Light snow and very cold wind chills” are expected in much of north and central Georgia, according to the advisory. The winter weather advisory lasts until 7 a.m. Wednesday and the wind-chill advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Less than an inch of snow is expected. But the weather service warns that will be enough to limit visibility for drivers and that freezing temperatures will mean that any precipitation that ends up on roadways is likely to freeze and stick there.
Wind chills will range from 20 to zero degrees — and could get all the way down to -10 in the north Georgia mountains. Those chills could cause frostbite and hypothermia with as little as 30 minutes of exposure to skin, the weather service warned. They urged anyone going outside in the weather to wear hats and gloves.