DECEMBER COLD TO START NOVEMBER

Conditions more fitted for the end of December will greet us for the first weekend of November.

TEMPERATURES: A series of cold fronts will bring the coldest air so far this fall with highs struggling to reach the 50s on Saturday. In fact the morning lows will approach freezing north of Atlanta, and the National Weather Service has posted a Freeze Watch from Pickens to White county and points north. Even colder reading will be felt Sunday morning as the wind dies down and reading even here in the metro area may approach freezing. Make sure to protect any tender vegetation that is not cold hardy. The cold snap will only last into Sunday with temperatures warming into the upper 60s to near 70 next week.

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SNOW: There is still a chance that flurries will occur early Saturday morning across the north Georgia mountains. Accumulations are not expected so whatever falls will be more of a novelty that anything else.

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TIME CHANGE: Another reminder that this weekend we turn the clocks back one hour and return to Eastern Standard Time. Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night, and also check the batteries in you smoke detectors as well. A good habit to get into.

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COLD AIR OUTBREAK & FLURRIES

A secondary cold front will arrive late Friday bringing with it the coldest air so far this fall and a chance for flurries in the mountains.

COLD AIR: Cold air moving in out of Canada will gradually bring readings in the 50s for highs and lows in the 30s both Saturday and Sunday. Some areas in the mountains will approach freezing especially Sunday morning as the winds decrease. Areas in metro Atlanta will remain in the mid to upper 30s so the threat of freezing temperatures is low. Just in case though protect any warm weather plants that you may want to survive for a while longer.

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FLURRIES: Limited moisture will accompany the front but there may be enough to squeeze out a few flurries is some of the higher elevations. There is no threat of any flakes sticking as the ground is very warm. The best time will be between sunrise Saturday morning and 1pm Saturday afternoon. Winds will be howling out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph making it feel even colder.

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TIME CHANGE: Remember to change your clocks back 1 hour Saturday night before you go to bed as we go back to Eastern Standard Time.

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TEMPERATURES TUMBLE LATER THIS WEEK

A cold front will arrive Wednesday bringing an end to our unseasonably warm weather.

COOL DOWN: Cooler than normal weather will return by this weekend with gradually cooler temperatures arriving Wednesday. Tuesdays highs will be once again well above normal with most areas in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Once the front moves through highs will fall into the lower 70s on Wednesday and then in the upper 60s to near 70 by Thursday and Friday. Another shot of cool air arrives Saturday leaving us with highs in the low to mid 60s through the weekend. Overnight lows will drop into the low 40s!

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RAIN CHANCES: Our best chance for rain over the next seven days will come on Wednesday with the cold front. Right now it looks like a 30% chance of showers is about as good as it will get, so don’t plan on much rain wherever you live. After that the next system doesn’t arrive until about the following Wednesday and that one doesn’t look too promising either.

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TIME CHANGE: This weekend Daylight Saving Time ends so don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

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SUNNY SKIES, CLEAR COOL NIGHTS

Finally the clouds are starting to clear and it looks like it will last through the weekend and beyond.

CLEARING TREND: Clouds rotating around the massive storm system that brought us the severe weather on Tuesday, are finally pulling away giving us improving weather just in time for the weekend. Clear skies can be expected tonight along with chilly temperatures. Lows will be in the mid to upper 40s outside the perimeter to near 50 in Atlanta. Highs on Friday will climb into the mid to upper 70s with slightly cooler temperatures Saturday and Sunday. Clear to mainly clear skies will dominate our weather for the next 7 days.

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TROPICS: The big news in weather is in the tropics tonight with major Hurricane Gonzalos getting ready to take aim on Bermuda. The storm is a monster with winds of 145 mph making a Category 4 storm. The last Category 4 storm with winds of at least 130 mph in the Atlantic basin was Igor in 2010. This will be the strongest storm to hit Bermuda since Fabian in 2003 that was a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 mph when it struck leaving 4 dead and $300million in damage. Tropical storm force winds will begin in Bermuda by Friday morning with hurricane force winds developing late in the afternoon and not subsiding until later in the evening. A storm surge of 10 feet or more is possible with the storm as well. The storm is expected to pass just west of Bermuda as a category 3 hurricane with winds of about 125 mph. For more on Gonzalo go to my foxhurricane.com.

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SUNNY SKIES AND WARMER TEMPERATURES

High pressure building in from the west will bring beautiful fall weather back to the Southeast.

SUNSHINE: Cloudy will continue tonight with partial clearing taking place toward sunrise. As the huge storm system that brought the severe weather moves northeast high pressure will build in from the west providing us with clearing skies by Thursday afternoon. A lack of moisture for the next 7-10 days will ensure lots of sunny days and clear nights.

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TEMPERATURES: Another cool day is on the way for Thursday with highs in the 60s, but winds shifting to the southwest Friday will draw in warmer air. Highs on Friday will climb into the mid to upper 70s and will stay in the 70s through the following week. Cool nights are on the way with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s through Friday and then we will be looking at mid to upper 50s the remaining of the 7 day forecast.

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TROPICS: Major Hurricane Gonzalo is currently on course to impact Bermuda by Friday as a Category 2 or 3 storm with winds over 100 mph. You can get all the latest at myfoxhurricane.com.

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SEVERE WEATHER STILL EXPECTED OVERNIGHT

An intense line of showers and t-showers will continue to move east at 30 mph making it to west Georgia overnight.

TIMING: A squall line will reach west GA around 4am and will most likely be accompanied by damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes. The line will weaken as it gets closer to Atlanta by 7am, but will still be strong enough to produce damaging winds. Heavy rain will also accompany the storms as they move through. A second line of storms will develop behind the first and should move through metro Atlanta around noon time. This line could also be capable of destructive winds and very heavy rain. The second line should diminish east of Atlanta later in the afternoon.

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MAIN THREAT: Damaging winds will be the main threat with this storm system, but as we stated earlier a few tornadoes could develop along the squall line as it moves into west GA. The air west of I-75 north and south will be more unstable as the line moves in. During the afternoon round just about all of north Georgia will be unstable so severe weather could occur just about anywhere as the line moves through. Also remember to download the FOX 5 StormTeam App to keep you updated on any watches or warnings issued in the overnight hours. They can alert you via your smartphone in the case of a wrning being issued for your area.

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REST OF THE WEEK: Showers may develop late Wednesday as moisture wraps around the upper low that will be to our northwest, otherwise the rest of the week should be dry. It will also be much cooler with highs Wednesday and Thursday in the 60s and lows in the 50s. Temperatures will warm back into the mid to upper 70s by the weekend along with abundant sunshine.

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SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TUESDAY

A large storm system will push into the Southeast bringing a threat of severe t-storms to all of North Georgia.

TIMING: A cold front will approach the Alabama, Georgia border Tuesday morning. A squall line will develop along that front and will move through North Georgia through the late morning and early afternoon. Showers may break out ahead of the front as well as behind the front, but the greatest threat of severe weather will come with the main squall line. By Tuesday evening the front will move east, but showers will still linger behind the system, even into Wednesday.

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THREATS: Right now it appears that the greatest threat with the line of t-storms will be straight line winds in excess of 60 mph capable of producing damage. A few tornadoes are also possible along the squall line as it moves through.

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SEVERE WEATHER PLAN: Make sure to have a severe weather plan to stay safe in the event of a tornado or severe winds in your area. Know where to go to be safe in your house or apartment. If you have a smart phone download the fox5stormteam app to keep up on the latest watches and warnings and to also track the storms on FOX 5 Live Vipir.

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STUBBORN PATTERN TO CONTINUE

A stationary front draped across the Southeast combined with temperatures in the 80s will help to trigger showers and t-showers for the rest of the week.

TIMING: Showers and t-showers will develop primarily during the afternoon and evening hours. Large t-storm complexes that develop to our west may persist through the evening and eventually reach North Georgia in the overnight hours. The strongest weather though can be expected during the daytime hours with lightning, gusty winds and small hail the main threats. Expect this pattern to continue right through Sunday.

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TEMPERATURES: Along with the showers we will see well above normal temperatures with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s. The warm temperatures will continue into Sunday with a gradual cool down through next week.

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NEXT MONDAY & TUESDAY: A strong upper level impulse along with a cold front will move through late Monday and Tuesday. Although it is a long way out, if this storm system does eventually occur severe weather could be possible across much of the Southeast.

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STRONG T-SHOWERS POSSIBLE FRIDAY

Severe weather will continue tonight to our west and gradually diminish in intensity as it moves into north Georgia.

TIMING: Showers and t-showers will move in after midnight with the best chance developing after sunrise. The cold front currently across the Mississippi River will moves closer during the morning and afternoon increasing the number of showers and t-showers here in north Georgia. A few of the t-showers could be strong enough to produce damaging winds, but the t-showers will remain below severe levels. Look for numerous showers and t-showers throughout the morning and early afternoon before the activity moves east and the skies start to clear by the evening.

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TEMPERATURES: As the showers end the dry, cool air will start to move as the winds increase out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph. Temperatures will drop to near  50 Friday night with highs on Saturday only in the mid to upper 60s. The coldest reading will occur Sunday morning with temperatures bottoming out in the low to mid 40s in the metro area and in the mid to upper 30s across the mountains. This won’t last long as highs will be back to near 80 next week.

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COOLEST AIR OF THE SEASON ON THE WAY

A strong cold will arrive on Friday bringing showers and much cooler air to north Georgia.

SHOWERS: Showers and t-showers will develop late Friday morning in northwest Georgia and move east through the afternoon passing first through Atlanta just after noon, and then on to east Georgia by early evening. Although severe weather is not expected a few t-showers could produce wind gusts of 35-40mph. Rain totals will be tough to nail down this early, but with the system weakening and breaking up as it moves through most areas should expect a quarter of an inch with slightly higher amounts in some of the heaviest t-showers.

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TEMPERATURES: Another warm day is on tap for Thursday with highs in the 80’s again, but the cold front will put an end to that beginning on Friday with highs expected in the upper 70’s. Cooler air will move in Saturday with highs only in the upper 60’s and lows Sunday morning in the 40’s! By Sunday highs will recover back into the 70’s with lows in the 50s by Monday morning.

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