Fierce winter weather lashed Georgia on Wednesday, with most of the state under some sort of winter weather warning or advisory.
Icy winds could bring dangerous wind chills to the Athens area overnight Wednesday and into Thursday.
A rare south Georgia snowstorm brought accumulations of up to three inches and tricky driving conditions to cities such as Waycross on Wednesday.
A little north and west of the south Georgia snow, a band of counties and towns from south of Dublin to north and east of Augusta is under a hard-freeze warning.
North and west of Athens, the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for cities such as Atlanta, Gainesville and Dalton, where wind chills could go as low as 5 degrees overnight Wednesday and into Thursday.
In that Wind Chill Advisory Area, frostbite is possible in less than 30 minutes as cold winds may gust up to 30 miles per hour, forecasters warned.
Gusts could go as high as 20 mph in and around Athens on Thursday as the deep freeze gripping most of the eastern United States continues.
Athens will feel overnight lows of about 21 degrees and daytime highs around 37, according to the forecast.
Another wind chill advisory could extend into Friday for some north Georgia counties, forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City Weather Station warned.