ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures plunged to 8 degrees in Atlanta and 6 degrees below zero at a remote weather station in the north Georgia mountains as the coldest air in years settled over the state.
Several metro Atlanta school systems closed Tuesday. In downtown Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park officials said the cold led them to close the park's ice rink Monday evening.
One of the coldest temperatures in Georgia was minus 6, recorded shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Forest Service's automated weather station near Brasstown Bald, the state's highest peak.
The National Weather Service reported low temperatures of 6 degrees in Cartersville, Chamblee, Gainesville and Marietta around 5 a.m.
Many of Georgia's temperatures early Tuesday were significantly colder than Kodiak, Alaska (39 degrees); Juneau, Alaska (39) and Anchorage (27).
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