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Big Sandy and big temperature drop for Atlanta, Georgia

Hurricane Sandy will impact the entire East Coast of Florida the next few days and will bring some showers and strong gusty winds to Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville for the big college football game Saturday. Sandy is expected to transition into an historic super Nor'easter for the Southern mid-Atlantic and New England states early next week.

Everyone on the coast from North Carolina to Maine needs to make preparations now for power outages that could last for days, and even weeks in some cases, and coastal flooding that could cut people off for a very long period of time, and further inland back in the very cold air where heavy snow falls there will be problems, too. It's too soon to tell if the center of the storm will go inland closer to VA or Boston as of now somewhere around Long Island looks possible.

The intensity and position of the storm will combine with an upper level trough diving the jet stream down from Canada to bring Atlanta and much of the Southeast a blustery chill late in the weekend and early next week. Below normal temperatures look to continue at least the first week of November. A shower can not be ruled out Saturday or Sunday but the odds are too low to worry about. There will be a lot of clouds Saturday and some clouds Sunday but turning mostly sunny.

All next week looks chilly, with highs on at least a couple days only in the 50s and lows in the 30s. I fully expect the most widespread temperatures in the 30s of the season by Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. And frost or a freeze is at least possible in the usual rural colder spots of North Georgia including Metro Atlanta. Saturday will still be somewhat mild but the temperatures will drop by evening with the trend continuing Sunday and Monday with strong gusty winds. The week will stay dry, and Halloween will be very cool for trick or treats.

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