ATLANTA — A freeze warning was issued for most of central and northern Georgia Tuesday as arctic air approached.
The warning will be in effect from 1 a.m. until 10 a.m. Wednesday, meteorologists in the National Weather Service's Peachtree City field office said. Another freeze advisory was issued from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday.
A wind advisory also was out for most of Georgia until 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Forecasters projected that temperatures would fall into the low 30s late Tuesday and dip into the 20s overnight.
Wind speeds are expected to reach up to 35 mph and meteorologists said that will result in wind chill readings dropping into the teens by Tuesday night.
State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens took the approaching cold weather as an opportunity to remind Georgians about staying safe while heating their homes.
Homeowners should prepare for the possibility of frozen pipes as temperatures drop overnight, Hudgens said, adding that leaving kitchen and cabinet doors open will allow warmer air to reach the pipes.
Georgians should keep flammable materials away from space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces as they're among the leading causes of house fires in cold weather months, Hudgens said.
Residents should install an adequate number of smoke alarms since state law requires them to be installed in all homes.