More showers and t-storms will be moving through the southeast tonight on the backside of the same storm system that affected us yesterday. The greatest risk for development of tornadoes will once again be to our west across Mississippi and Alabama.
As the evening progresses the t-storms will eventually reach Georgia. We are in a slight risk category for severe t-storms for the remainder of tonight with the greatest threat locally from damaging winds, large hail and very heavy rain. Tornadoes although not likely cannot be ruled out.
The timing of the system will bring the strongest storms into Alabama during a 6-8pm time frame, while the strongest storms will arrive in north Georgia between 8pm and midnight. More showers and storms will linger overnight leading to the threat of flooding from persistent heavy downpours.
T-storms will develop late tonight with severe weather likely in the overnight hours. This is a dangerous situation in which tornadoes could develop overnight and toward the predawn hours of Tuesday morning.
SET UP: An intense storm system similar to the one that affected the southeast in April of 2011 brought devastating tornadoes to Arkansas last night and is producing tornadoes today in Mississippi. That line will continue to move east this evening reaching northwest Georgia by midnight. The greatest risk is out to our west in Mississippi and Alabama with our area under a slight risk for damaging winds and tornadoes.
TIMING: A line of t-storms capable of producing damaging winds and tornadoes will approach NW GA around midnight or just there after. That line will slowly move east-northeast and will eventually reach metro Atlanta around 6am and then toward Athens by 10am. Damaging winds and tornadoes will be possible along that line the entire time it is in our state, so be sure to monitor the weather for any warnings issued for your area and have a safety plan in place in the event that you are affected by the storm.
HEAVY RAIN: Persistent t-storms will also help to produce localized heavy rain totals which could lead to flooding. A Flood Watch is in effect from midnight tonight to early Thursday morning. Rain totals could reach 2-4″ in some spots.
Showers and t-storms will roll through the southeast beginning this evening and lasting on and off through early Wednesday morning.
OVERVIEW: A large and very intense area of low pressure is moving out of the Rockies spreading severe weather across the Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. As the storm system progresses east the threat of severe weather will increase here in the southeast.
TIMING: Severe thunderstorms will start to push into north Georgia beginning Monday night. This first round will last into early Tuesday morning with a threat of damaging winds and possible tornadoes in the overnight hours. Once the first round is over more showers and t-showers will redevelop throughout the day on Tuesday with damaging winds and tornadoes possible until late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. After Wednesday morning the threat of severe weather will shift into the Carolinas.
HAZARDS: Main threat with this system will be damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, large hail and minor flooding due to the possibility of 2-4” of rain Monday night through Wednesday night. Stay alert throughout this event by either monitoring us here at FOX 5 either on TV or on the internet at myfoxatlanta.com or fox5storm.com and if you have a NOAA weather radio make sure that you install fresh batteries in case the power goes out.
The cold front that brought us showers earlier today is now moving to our south allowing for clearing to take place which will set us up for another chilly night.
HOW COLD?: As the skies clear out and drier air moves in temperatures will drop into the 40s and to near 50 by Wednesday morning. Our normal low this time of the year is 53 and some parts of north Georgia will wake up to temperatures that will be close to ten degrees cooler than that. Another chilly night is expected Wednesday into Thursday before the night start to get milder by the weekend.
WARMER DAYS: High temperatures the next few days will slowly climb into the upper 70s to around 80. By the weekend highs should hit 80 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A cold front will move in for Monday and Tuesday of next week bringing not only a round of showers and t-showers, but much cooler air for much of next week. Enjoy the warm temperatures while we have them.
Showers and a few t-showers will arrive during the afternoon on Tuesday bringing some brief heavy downpours and a few strikes of lightning.
TIMING: Showers will arrive in northwest Georgia by 9am and then advance to the east and southeast and should reach Atlanta by noon. Along with the showers a few t-showers are also possible. The threat of any severe weather is very low, but a strong gust of wind is not out of the question. The showers will rapidly end during the early evening and clearing skies will take place Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Rain totals with the system will be rather light, on the order of a quarter to a half inch.
REST OF THE WEEK: Once the front moves through sunshine will return for Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the mid-70s Wednesday to upper 70s Thursday. Another frontal system will arrive on Friday and Saturday and become mainly stationary. This will give us a few showers each day, but the system will lack moisture as well as strength, so expect more dry hours than wet ones.
After a beautiful end to Easter weekend it looks a cold front will arrive on Tuesday bringing with it showers and a few t-showers.
TIMING: Showers and t-showers will arrive in metro Atlanta on Tuesday beginning around the noon hour here in Atlanta. Showers will continue on and off throughout the day before tapering off during the evening. Right now it doesn’t look like much in the way of t-storms with this system, but a few t-showers could produce gusty winds during the afternoon. Rain totals will range from .50” to .75” with isolated heavier amounts.
WARMER TEMPS: Finally some warmer air will move in to stay during this upcoming week. Look for highs each day to be in the mid to upper 70s and overnight lows in the upper 50s to near 60 by the end of the week.
POLLEN: Although still in the high category the pollen count is finally starting to come back to reality after the extreme readings the past few weeks. Look for reading to remain in the hundreds (not thousands!) through the end of the month before falling to levels below 100 by the first week of May.
After two days of rain the sun will finally return for Easter Sunday with temperatures milder as well.
TIMING: Occasional drizzle will continue tonight and may still be present early Sunday morning east and northeast of Atlanta. Sunrise is at 7:01 am and for sunrise services expect mostly cloudy skies for the north Georgia area. By late morning and early afternoon we will start to see the sunshine returning with temperatures climbing into the upper 60s to near 70. Warmer air will continue to move in for next week with daytime highs in the mid to upper 70s each day.
RAIN CHANCES NEXT WEEK: Most of the upcoming week will be dry except for isolated showers and t-showers Tuesday and then again late Friday and early Saturday morning. Both systems are not very strong and lack considerable moisture, so rain totals should be light with both systems.
A large area of low pressure will develop in the Gulf of Mexico tonight and will gradually spread rain our way throughout the day Friday.
TIMING: Rain will begin south of Atlanta late in the morning and will continue to spread north throughout the day. The rain will initially be on the light side with heavier bands of rain arriving by Friday evening. While most of the rain will move east into the Carolinas on Saturday some wrap around moisture will keep clouds and spotty showers here in north Georgia through mid-day on Saturday.
AMOUNTS: Rain totals will be heaviest in areas south of Atlanta with the possibility of 2-3” the closer you get to Macon. Farther north toward Atlanta expect 1 to 1.5” of rain, and then under an inch of rain in areas north of Atlanta.
EASTER: Clearing skies will develop late Saturday and overnight into Sunday morning allowing for a beautiful sunrise for Easter services. Temperatures in the morning will be in the mid to upper 40s with highs in the afternoon in the mid 70s.
Even though the sun was back out today temperatures were a good 14 degrees below normal on the day, with normal temperatures not returning until Saturday and Sunday.
ANOTHER COLD NIGHT: Once again temperatures will dip to near freezing in the northeast corner of the state where a Freeze Warning is in effect tonight for Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Rabun, Towns, Union and Fannin county until 9 am Thursday morning. The rest of north Georgia including metro Atlanta will see temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.
CLOUDS RETURN: Sunny skies will be with us again on Thursday before clouds spread north Friday in response to a storm system developing in the Gul of Mexico. Rain will try to move north as well, but it appears that the rain will only make it as far north as Macon Friday evening and then move east overnight into Saturday into South Carolina.
EASTER WEEKEND: By Saturday and Sunday sunny skies will return and finally some milder air will return. Highs over the weekend will range from 70-75 with warmer air on the way for next week. The next chance of rain will arrive next Tuesday in the form of isolated showers.
After a weekend that saw 80 degree temperatures rain has now arrived, and colder air is in the waiting. A cold front moving into Mississippi this evening will continue to bring showers to north Georgia through Tuesday morning then the cold air behind it will move in during the afternoon.
WIND: Showers will gradually end Tuesday morning as a strong cold front moves to our east. Behind the front the winds will pick up out of the northwest at 15 -25 mph with gusts at times to near 40 mph. The wind will be even stronger in the higher elevations of the north Georgia mountains. Expect the wind to stay strong through the afternoon before they start to subside Tuesday night. Even then the winds will still be on the order of 10-15 mph right through Wednesday. A Wind Advisory has been issued from 8 am until 10 pm Tuesday.
COLD AIR: Tuesday will be one of those days when our high temperature will occur in the morning and then we will see the temperatures decline throughout the day. By late afternoon temperatures will range from the upper 40s to the mid 50s. As the sun goes down the temperatures will drop quickly with overnight lows by Wednesday morning in the upper 20s to mid 30s. This will be cold enough to harm newly planted vegetation. If you have planted your garden already, be prepared to cover your plants to protect them from the cold. If they are in pots just bring them inside. Wednesday night will be another cold night with lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s which is still cold enough to harm some plants. Hopefully this will be our last cold snap, but you never know. Stay tuned!!