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Cold snap hits locally

Those who want cool, crisp “football” weather will get their wish as temperatures throughout Covington County drop dramatically this weekend and through the first part of next week.

Susan Carpenter, the county’s emergency management agency director, described the coming days as a “true fall weekend.”

“And it’s going to stay that way for a few days,” she said. “A front came through and pushed the rain out Thursday night. There was a bit of heavy rain around 9 p.m. but it ended without any major problems reported.

“Once it was gone, the cool front behind it came in and had many of us looking for jackets Friday morning,” she said. “Weather reports say we can expect it to remain the same way for a few days, at least until the end of the week.”

Carpenter said the National Weather Service is predicting a high today of near 61 degrees.

“But, the night is a different story — the low is set around 40,” she said. “It’s not going to be freezing where people need to wrap their pipes, but it will be a good reminder that the time is almost here.

“Sunday is expected to be clear with a high near 62 degrees, but the low is even colder than Saturday night — 37 (degrees),” she said. “Monday it will start warming a bit, with a high near 70. The low, though, is set for 40, so we’ve got some cold nights ahead of us.”

The forecast for the remainder of the week continues to warm with highs creeping back up to 79 degrees on Wednesday and a low around 57 degrees.