***UPDATE*** Severe Line of Storms Associated With Strong Cold Front May Bring Damaging Winds



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From the National Weather Service –

A strong to severe line of storms associated with a strong cold front is expected to impact north and central Georgia Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening. This is a system to keep an eye on as the forecast evolves. Models have come into better agreement towards impacts and timing for this system.

Main Points

  • Models are trending towards a severe weather event, and have come into better agreement over the past 24 hours.
  • At this time, a line of storms is expected to move through Thursday afternoon into the evening.
    • This has led to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) outlining portions of north and central GA in a Slight Risk (2 on a scale of 0-5) and portions of southeast central GA in a Marginal Risk (1 on a scale of 0-5) .
    • The risk could expand/change in the coming days, but those in north and central Georgia should be alert as everyone is likely to see impacts no matter what risk you are under.
  • Confidence is increasing that north and central Georgia will see impacts related to the line of storms. The primary impacts expected are:
    • Damaging wind gusts (up to 60 mph) 
      • potential to bring down trees and powerlines.
    • A few, isolated tornadoes
    • Frequent lightning
    • Locally heavy rainfall
      • potential to lead to localized flooding in low-lying areas or areas with poor drainage
  • Winds will increase Thursday morning and afternoon, prior to the line of storms.
    • WInd gusts of 30-40 mph are expected before the storms arrive.
      • Higher wind gusts could bring down trees and powerlines