published Monday, October 29th, 2012

Chattanooga's fall turning windy, chilly

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    Seven-year-old Emma Davis pauses to wait on her grandmother, Shirley Hart, who was pushing Emma's brother Camden in a carriage Friday at the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area. The family brought a picnic lunch to the park.
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Bundled up in hooded sweatshirts as they walked through the wind at Coolidge Park on Sunday, Jay and Khrista Johnson had little to complain about.

"I'm loving the weather," said Jay Johnson, 48. "This is true fall weather."

Many areas of the United States are preparing for the effects of "Frankenstorm," the name forecasters have coined for the monster combination of Hurricane Sandy and winter storms that may hit the East Coast today.

But the weather story of the week for Chattanooga will be the wind, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

In Tennessee, wind chills may have temperatures feeling like the upper 20s in some areas, according to Jessica Winton with the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn. On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for Bledsoe, Marion, Monroe, Polk and Sequatchie counties.

Temperatures may drop below freezing in the region -- the first time this fall -- bringing a slight chance for snow flurries in high elevations. Lows are expected to be in the 30s for most of the region with highs in the 50s this week.

In Chattanooga, however, it is unlikely that temperatures will drop below freezing, Winton said.

"You just kind of lucked out in the valley," Winton said.

Precipitation from the East Coast storm will mostly stay above Knoxville, though some areas may see some drizzle this week, Winton said.

The early part of the week will see much stronger winds in northern Georgia, according to Matt Sena, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, Ga.

Winds will be between 15 and 30 miles per hour today and tomorrow, with gusts of about 40 mph, and gusts around 50 mph possible in higher elevations, Sena said.

And for those who don't like the cooler than normal temperatures, there is some good news for the week ahead, according to WRCB-TV meteorologist Nick Austin.

"The clouds will be clearing out, and we will have sunny weather for most of this week," he said.

about Rachel Bunn...

Rachel Bunn is originally from Ellijay, Ga., and graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in magazines and history. While at UGA, she wrote for the student magazine UGAzine, served as news editor for the student newspaper, The Red & Black, and spent a semester studying British history at Oxford University in Oxford, England. She has previously worked at The Rockdale Citizen in Conyers, Ga., and The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the ...

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