A very cold start to 2018

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

The New Year got off to a frigid start in Polk County, with tem­per­a­tures barely above freez­ing through the first week of 2018 and stay- ing that way through the first half of the week­end.

All last week, tem­per­a­tures didn’t rise much above the mid-30s, and only briefly as a blast of arc­tic air flowed down from the north, not only chilling lo­cal res­i­dents but a good por­tion of the rest of the coun­try. It even snowed at the beach.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice’s fore­cast for the com­ing days af­ter press time looked much bet­ter. Though the week would start out with the threat of rain show­ers, tem­per­a­tures were ex­pected to jump up in the 60’s as a day­time high by Thurs­day with rain show­ers ex­pected all week long.

Kevin Myrick / SJ

Tem­per­a­tures started fall­ing as soon as the sun be­gan go­ing down late Thurs­day af­ter­noon as driv­ers headed home in Cedar­town, with the ther­mome­ter down to 23 de­grees ac­cord­ing to Coosa Val­ley Credit Union’s sign on North Main Street.

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