Alpharetta and Milton are under a high wind warning for continued gusting winds of up to 40 mph, which is making driving hazardous. These winds could also down small tree limbs, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
The wind isn't letting up when it isn't gusting, with northwest winds of 20 mph. The wind advisory is in effect through 8 p.m. today for central and portions of north Georgia. The combination of Hurricane Sandy – now downgraded to Tropical Storm status – moving inland along the mid Atlantic coast and high pressure building south from Canada will continue to produce strong gusty winds across the area through Tuesday evening.
While the high is forecast at 55 degrees today, it seems colder with the wind making it feel like it's at least 5 degrees cooler. It is cooler in Cherokee County, with the National Weather Service putting the neighboring county to the west under a freeze warning tonight.
Drivers are advised to use extra caution. Boaters should also use caution as strong winds produce a rough chop on area lakes.
Today's high is forecast near 55. Northwest wind around 20 mph, gusts as high as 35 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 33. The wind will slightly lessen, with a west wind of 10-20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph.
By Wednesday it will be sunny with a high of 59, winds of 10-20 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph. Wednesday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 35 degrees. The west wind will be 5-10 mph.