Don’t let the warm days fool you — the big chill is on the way.
An abnormally strong Arctic cold front will move into the state Tuesday into Wednesday, pushing aside the mild temperatures and bringing a freeze watch and the season’s coldest weather so far.
The high today and Tuesday should reach the upper 60s in LaGrange. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain Tuesday with winds of 20 to 25 mph, then the mercury begins to drop, reaching near freezing Tuesday night.
Wednesday’s high is forecast to be near 50, then dip into the 20s overnight.
Conditions improve later in the week, with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s though Sunday. Lows range from 32 on Thursday night, then the 50s through Sunday night.
Normal extremes this time of year in Troup County are 67 and 40.
The freeze watch is in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning from LaGrange northward. With temperatures in the upper 20s to around freezing, the National Weather Service said residents in the northern half of Georgia should prepare to protect sensitive vegetation and young trees. Exposed water pipes should be wrapped or water left running slightly to avoid freezing.
Most of the state should expect only rain Tuesday, although parts of east Georgia and the northeast Georgia mountains may see a few flakes.