ATLANTA - Temperatures across Georgia plunged Thursday morning as the latest blast of arctic air pushed into the state.
It was the coldest morning in the state this month after a respite from the bitter cold that gripped Georgia during January. Temperatures across the northern third of the state Thursday morning were at least 15 degrees below normal in most places.
National Weather Service reports showed that Cartersville and Dalton were among the coldest places before dawn Thursday with lows of 23 degrees. It was 27 in Atlanta.
It was even colder in remote parts of the north Georgia mountains, where U.S. Forest Service weather stations recorded a low of 17 degrees early Thursday in Murray County and at Brasstown Bald, the state's highest peak.
Some representative readings in northeast Georgia include 24 in Gainesville, 14 in Blairsville, 21 in Cornelia and 23 in Cumming.
Temperatures were expected to rebound this weekend, with Sunday's high temperatures in metro Atlanta expected to be around 70 degrees.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)