Winter is coming: Arctic air and rain are on the way to Middle Georgia

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A strong cold front is bringing cold air and winter weather to parts of the Midwest and East Coast. Here in Middle Georgia we are expecting just rain, wind, and a big cool down as the front moves east.

Rain chances begin overnight, but the heaviest rain is expected mainly after 5 am Tuesday. There will likely be pockets of heavy rain embedded in the line of, but storms are not expected.

Along with the rain, gusty winds will be possible. Wind gusts up to 25 mph are forecast and the western portion of Middle Georgia is under a Wind Advisory through the day on Tuesday.

The biggest change will be temperatures falling throughout the day. Our high temperature will likely be recorded during the morning hours, but the strong cold front will keep cold air pushing into the area and keep temperatures plummeting into the 40’s by tomorrow night.

Wednesday will likely bring some of the coldest air that we have seen in a long time. Temperatures will start in the 20’s and struggle to warm into the upper 40’s, even with plentiful sunshine.

Rain is back in the forecast for Thursday overnight, into Friday afternoon, as well as a small warm up. This will allow lows to jump into the upper 30’s through the weekend, but the general cold snap will stick around through the weekend.

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Cecilia Reeves joined the 41 First Alert Storm Team as Chief Meteorologist in August of 2016.  She grew up just north of Macon, in McDonough, GA but attended the University of Alabama and received an undergraduate degree in Telecommunications and Film with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.  Upon graduation in Tuscaloosa, she traveled up to road to Starkville, MS where she received a Masters of Science in Broadcast Meteorology.  In her career she has worked on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and now back home in the Southeast.  When she is not forecasting she enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cheering on her teams (Alabama Crimson Tide, Atlanta Falcons, and the Kansas City Royals), and playing with her dogs: Dora and Winston.