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ATLANTA (WXIA) - The National Weather Service has issued frost advisories and freeze warnings for much of northwest Georgia, including Metro Atlanta, for Wednesday morning.

The Freeze Warning includes Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Gilmer, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Paulding and Haralson counties, and is valid from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. The Frost Advisory is for counties to the south and east of that area, and includes Cherokee, Forsyth, Cobb, Fulton, Carroll, Douglas, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Hall, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Spalding, Henry, Troup, Meriwether and Pike counties, and is also valid from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures in the areas affected by the freeze warning are expected to drop to the high 20s or low 30s. In the frost advisory area, temps should fall to the low to mid 30s. Damage to sensitive plants is possible in those areas, and care should be taken to protect foliage.

11Alive meteorologist Allison Chinchar says the average first hard freeze in Metro Atlanta is on or about November 17 each year.

Highs through the rest of the week are expected to remain in the high 50s to low 60s, with lows after the frost and freeze early Wednesday to remain in the upper 30s to low 40s. A 20 percent chance of rain is possible on Wednesday, and Wednesday night that chance goes up to 40 percent. After that, partly cloudy skies are expected through the weekend.