The sun’ll come out tomorrow, but with it the Golden Isles will dip into another cold snap that will see overnight temperatures flirting with freezing from Saturday through at least Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.
Unlike the winter storm that brought freezing rain, numerous traffic crashes and widespread power outages to the Golden Isles during the first week of January, clear and crisp skies will accompany this latest cold front, said Nate McGinnis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Saturday’s forecasted daytime high in the mid 50s and the overnight low near 32 is typical of what folks can expect into next week, he said.
“That cold front will come through on Friday and you’ll be getting a surge of cold, dry air on the backside of it Saturday,” McGinnis said. “It’s just another strong high-pressure system from our friends in Canada, but not like that last event. That’s one thing to note. It’s going to be cool and dry.”
On Friday, however, those clouds hanging in our overcast skies will open up, bringing rain and possible thunderstorms with stiff wind gusts throughout the day and into the night, McGinnis said. Friday’s rains, and those that preceded it on Wednesday and Thursday, come complements of a low pressure system that is moving through the area from the Tennessee Valley, he said.
Wind gusts Friday could reach 30 or 40 mph, possibly taking down trees and limbs weakened by the weight of ice during the previous week’s freezing rain, he said.
“As this cold front moves in Friday, it could bring some significant rainfall and maybe even a few rumbles of thunder,” McGinnis said. “And you might see some gusty winds when the those storms come through.”
Those rain clouds will give way Saturday to sunny skies, signaling the start of colder temps for the next several days, he said. Saturday’s overnight low could reach 34 degrees along the coast and 33 in Brunswick. Sunday’s high is not expected to climb out of the upper 40s before an overnight low of freezing in Brunswick and 33 degrees on St. Simons Island is expected, according to the weather service. Similar overnight lows are expected Monday and Tuesday as well.
In response to the cold front, volunteers at FaithWorks are mobilizing to provide overnight warm shelter in Brunswick for the community’s homeless. The nonprofit faith-based organization will open the Miller Building off Gloucester Street on the campus of First United Methodist Church.
The night warming station will open Saturday to those needing shelter from the cold and is prepared to remain open each night through Thursday if needed, FaithWorks spokeswoman Nancy Krabill said. Faithworks opens the shelter anytime nighttime temperatures are expected to reach 35 of colder.
Volunteers are sought to help staff the warming station during one of its three overnight shifts: 6:30-11:30 p.m.; 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.; and 3-7 a.m.
Arrangements have been made to provide meals for the homeless guests.
Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Krabill at 912-261-8512, ext. 114, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.