ATLANTA (AP) -- Temperatures plunged into the 20s in parts north Georgia overnight and this morning, the frigid start of dangerously cold temperatures for the first part of the week.
Before dawn Monday, the National Weather Service reported temperatures of 26 degrees in Rome; 27 degrees in Dalton and 28 degrees in Cartersville. By 8:30, the reading in Gainesville was 28, seven degrees colder than what it was at 6:00 a.m.
The Georgia Department of Transportation said its crews were prepared to respond to reports of black ice in north Georgia. A few problems were reported early Monday, mostly in the northwestern corner of the state. (See separate story.)
Even colder weather was on the way, with low temperatures around 8 degrees early Tuesday morning in metro Atlanta. Temperatures could fall to 2 degrees in the Blairsville area by early Tuesday. The low in Gainesville is expected to be 6.
Wind chills Tuesday morning could drop as low as 30 degrees below zero in higher elevations of the north Georgia mountains and around -15 elsewhere. A wind chill advisory remains in effect for most of north and central Georgia. What makes these kinds of wind chills a danger to the human body? (Click on the second link below to find out and read about the ways people who live in areas where they are not that uncommon cope with them.)
(AccessNorthGa.com's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)