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Frost advisory issued for much of Georgia

Staff Photo: John Bohn Devyn Lowe, 12, of Woodstock, left, and Jameson Kavel, 12, of Norcross, right, share a blanket against the cold weather Wednesday afternoon on the campus of Wesleyan School in Norcross. 

Staff Photo: John Bohn Devyn Lowe, 12, of Woodstock, left, and Jameson Kavel, 12, of Norcross, right, share a blanket against the cold weather Wednesday afternoon on the campus of Wesleyan School in Norcross. 

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Last weekend residents were out and about soaking up the sun's rays under a clear blue sky. This weekend? Not so much.

Colder weather moved in on Tuesday and Wednesday turned chilly, with highs barely reaching the mid-50s. This weekend could bring frost.

It's enough to make locals think Mother Nature has skipped a season.

"It's so cold and dreary," Tracy Coward of Lawrenceville said on Wednesday. "My daughter and I felt like getting out of the house and getting some Starbucks -- of course, we picked one without a fireplace -- but we needed to warm up."

There is more frigid weather predicted for Thursday and into the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for large parts of north Georgia.

The weather service said in a statement that the frost advisory will be in effect from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday.

Forecasters say temperatures are expected to plunge to 33 to 36 degrees in parts of the region.

The frost advisory covers the entire metro Atlanta area, as well as several Georgia cities.

"Effectively, we had this warmer weather and a cold front is coming through the North Georgia mountains as we speak," said Jon Richards, a local resident who runs www.lawrencevilleweather.com. "It is windy ... eventually it will all clear up as it (the cold front) passes through. There may be more drizzle and things, but there will be clearing overnight and (Thursday)."

The frost advisory means that frost is possible, and sensitive outdoor plants might be killed if left uncovered.

Temperatures are expected to rebound by Monday, when highs in the area are expected to reach the lower 70s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report