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Monday May 4th, 2015 12:13PM

First freeze of season expected in many places Sunday

By Ken Stanford Reporter
Many places in north Georgia are expected to experience their first freeze of the season this weekend.

Sunday morning is likely to be the coldest, with AccuWeather.com forecasting a low of 28 in Gainesville, 27 in Buford, 26 in Winder, and 27 in Cumming.

A 28 is also expected in Cornelia but the further north you go, AccuWeather.com is forecasting temperatures that are well-below freezing... a 21 in Blairsville, 22 in Clayton, and 20 in Blue Ridge. Many of these mountain regions experienced their first freeze several weeks ago.

Daytime highs over the weekend are expected to be in the 40s and 50s across north Georgia.

But the cold snap won't last long. By Monday, temperatures are expected to moderate considerably.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Sandy was a sign of what is to come for the East during winter of 2012-2013 with an active coastal storm track expected, AccuWeather meteorologists agree.

In reviewing the original winter forecast, meteorologists now expect more weak, fast-moving snowstorms and cold for the Midwest than previously forecast. Meteorologists originally forecast a near-normal season for lake-effect snow in the Great Lakes, but they now forecast above-normal snow for some areas.

Meanwhile, California and the Southwest may be drier than the region was initially forecast for the winter.

Above-normal snow is forecast for the I-95 cities, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., this winter with an active coastal storm track expected.

As for the southeast, AccuWeather.com is now forecasting above-normal snowfall across northern Alabama and Georgia and parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. Winter time temperatures across much of the southeast, including parts of the Florida Panhandle and southern Louisana, are expected to be one-to-two degrees below normal, on average.
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