MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – An approaching cold front will bring showers and storms to Middle Georgia today with a slight potential for some to be severe.
Mostly cloudy weather is expected again in Middle Georgia on our Friday. At lunchtime, rain will spread across the region. They are expected to be small and light. Partly cloudy skies are expected by lunchtime, bringing temperatures into the high 80s across much of the region. Thunderstorms will develop late in the afternoon and evening.
“Slight” risk level 2 now includes only the extreme northwestern counties of the region: if the trend of its retreat northward continues, in the next update, Middle Georgia may only be in the risk area of level 1 “Marginal”. There is not expected to be enough of a temperature difference between the lower and mid levels to really develop storms this afternoon as the system weakens and moves further northeast. Drier conditions aloft will also limit overall storm potential. However, it may be more favorable for downdrafts or strong winds that are carried from the upper levels of the storm down to the surface.
Whether or not Middle Georgia gets many thunderstorms this evening, there will be plenty of strong winds in the region. Sustained winds out of the south-southwest will fall somewhere in the 20-35 mph range with gusts as high as 50 mph. Winds are the main threat of severe weather today, and it may not be a storm for many areas. Thunderstorm activity should begin late in the afternoon with a cold front moving into northwestern counties around 6 p.m. He is due to leave the region by midnight today.
After the movement of the front, the wind will shift to the west-northwest. Sustained speeds will be in the 5-15 mph range with gusts as high as 20-25 mph. Skies will clear and temperatures will drop into the low 50s.
Sunny skies are expected Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the high 70s. Sunday will probably be a couple of degrees warmer than Saturday. Saturday will be windier due to the recent passage of a cold front on Friday.
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