Back door cold front results in chilly weather across Middle Georgia Monday

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Tuesday, March 20th marked the first day of spring, but winter isn’t ready to say “goodbye” just yet.

A back door cold front has brought another blast of cold air back to Middle Georgia.

Typically, cold fronts approach from the north, northwest or west. A back door front, however, comes from the northeast. A high pressure system over the USA/Canada border is driving this cold air southward with its clockwise wind flow.

The wind direction today will be a direct result of this back door cold front. Winds across the state of Georgia will come from the northeast anywhere from 10-15 mph. Winds could gust up to 20 mph as colder air surges south.

Temperatures in Middle Georgia Monday will struggle to climb. Most locations will only “warm” up into the mid-50’s, and that high temperature will most likely occur very close to sunset this evening.

The remainder of the week will feel more spring-like as a warmer air mass returns to the southeast. Temperatures will climb closer to 80 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. Clouds will stick around until Saturday, when another cold front exits Middle Georgia and cooler/drier air enters the region.

Connect with Meteorologist Kristen Kennedy on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates throughout the day. You can also watch her forecasts Monday through Friday on 41NBC News at Daybreak (5-7 a.m.) and 41Today (11 a.m.).

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.