As temperatures plunged Monday, communities from Atlanta to Bartow County opened emergency shelters to help people escape the bone-chilling cold.
Bartow County's emergency shelter will operate for nearly 48 hours until midday Wednesday.
"It could be a matter of life and death with the temperatures we're expecting," said Brenda Morehouse with Bartow County's chapter of the United Way.
The National Weather Service says people in North Georgia could experience frost bite after being exposed to the elements for as few as 30 minutes.
The symptoms of frost bite include a loss of feeling -- typically in the extremities like fingers and toes -- and a pale appearance. Doctors warn that if you are suffering from frost bite it is important to warm the affected area slowly.