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Wind force change at Stone Mountain Easter service

Wind force change at Stone Mountain Easter service

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – High winds forced a change to an Easter tradition.

The Easter sunrise service atop Stone Mountain is an annual tradition on Easter Sunday.

Park employees closed the Summit Skyride Sunday morning due to the weather, forcing many to celebrate sunrise service on the lawn at Stone Mountain.

Those who were up for a hike up Stone Mountain were able to continue the tradition.

Shelters fill to care for 8,000 homeless in Atlanta

Shelters fill to care for 8,000 homeless in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Volunteers at the Gateway Center downtown are operating on emergency mode. It's crucial they get the homeless indoors.

One reason they are racing the dropping temperature is because often the homeless population doesn't see a weather forecast, and they often don't know how low and dangerous the temperature will get.

"On nights like these it's a dire situation because homeless people are dying from the cold," explained Rachel Solid of Atlanta Union Mission.

Inside shelters across Atlanta space is filling. An estimated 8,000 are homeless across Atlanta.

"I couldn't feel my fingers. My toes, it felt like I was walking on nothing," explained "Yossi."

He lives on the streets, but found a warm place to sleep at Gateway Center, which is operating around the clock until the temperature rises above freezing.

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Fulton County senior facilities serve as warming centers

Fulton County senior facilities serve as warming centers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Department of Aging and Youth Services’ senior facilities will serve as warming sites during operating hours to provide seniors and other citizens another alternative for keeping warm during extreme winter weather.

Fulton County has four senior multipurpose facilities that will be open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 and 9.

Lots of 11s on the WIZometer

We will have another nice day on Wednesday very similar to what we experienced today. We will have a few clouds moving in from the east that will occasionally mix in with the sunshine. Morning temps will start in the upper 50s. We will move up to 77 by afternoon. It will be another 11 on the WIZometer! Thursday will be another 11, too. We will have a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 78.

We will have partly cloudy skies Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will be a little warmer with highs both days into the lower 80s.

Tropical Storm Cristobal expected to stay offshore

Tropical Storm Cristobal expected to stay offshore

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to move northward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.

The storm's maximum sustained winds Monday morning increased to near 60 mph. The National Hurricane Center says gradual strengthening is expected and Cristobal could become a hurricane in the next few days.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Cristobal is centered about 120 miles east-northeast of San Salvador Island in the Bahamas and is moving north-northeast at 2 mph.

Cold front bringing nicer weather

Cold front bringing nicer weather

A cold front has moved through the Atlanta area and changing our air mass in north Georgia and metro Atlanta.

This front will bring us some drier air and slightly cooler air.  We will have mostly sunny skies Wednesday with afternoon highs up to 87. It won't feel as bad though since the humidity levels will be lower. Thursday will be even better. We are giving in at 11 on the WIZometer with a morning temperature of 66 and an afternoon high of 86 with sunshine. We will stay dry through most of the weekend. A slight chance for rain returns on Sunday. Rain chances will go up Monday and Tuesday.