ALBANY, Ga. — A strong blast of arctic air will move through the area this weekend bringing with it a hard freeze and a slight chance of snow flurries today, meteorologists say.
A cold front will push through into the south Saturday, dropping temperatures and, for a narrow window today, upping the chances of winter precipitation, Kelly Godsey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Friday.
"It's going to be quite a shock for the region through the weekend, but thankfully temperatures should be back to normal early in the week," Godsey said.
As for the chances of snow, Godsey said there is a small opportunity for snow flurries between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.
"There's a slight chance for snow during a very short duration Saturday," Godsey said. "If it does snow, it would be more of a novelty because the air temperature and ground temperature will still likely be above freezing at that point, causing the snow to melt on contact."
Godsey said that the best chance for snow in the Southwest Georgia region typically comes when a low pressure system comes in from the gulf, bringing with it more moisture than is typically found in an arctic blast from up north.
As far as low temperatures for the weekend, the mercury will likely plunge to the lower 20s Saturday and settle into the upper 20s Sunday evening.
Temperatures should return to seasonable levels by Tuesday, Godsey said. The normal high for this time of year is in the mid-60s while the lows usually are in the low 40s.
"Take care with animals and plants that are outside," Godsey says. "It's odd to see our first hard freeze of the year this late in the season, so many of the plants have already started blooming. ... This freeze will likely knock off those blooms and could cause damage."