Special Weather Statement

…Rain and snow mix expected across parts of north Georgia early Saturday morning…

The combination of cold air spreading down from the north and moisture associated with an upper low pressure system pushing across the Tennessee Valley… will bring a chance for a mix of rain and snow across parts of north Georgia late tonight and early on Saturday.

Light rain could change over to a mix of rain and snow between midnight and 4 am Saturday morning… and this mix could persist through mid to late Saturday morning. A complete change over to brief periods of mainly flurries is possible… however… little to no accumulations are expected for areas outside of the Winter Weather Advisory area that has been posted for parts of north central and northeast Georgia. Please see the latest wswffc for further details on the Winter Weather Advisory area.

Wind Advisory and Freeze Watch

…Wind Advisory in effect from 7 am to 9 PM EDT Saturday… …Freeze watch in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning…

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Wind Advisory…which is in effect from 7 am to 9 PM EDT Saturday. A freeze watch has also been issued. This freeze watch is in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning.

* Locations…north and most of central Georgia.

* Winds…northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. These winds will also result in wind chill values in the lower 20s Saturday morning.

* Timing…Wind Advisory all day Saturday. Freeze watch late Saturday night through Sunday morning.

* Impacts…strong winds could cause driving difficulties. Loose or unsecured items may be blown around. Freezing temperatures Saturday night could damage or kill vegetation.

* Temperatures…lows tonight in the mid to upper 30s. Highs Saturday in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Lows Saturday night in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Wind Advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 20 mph…or gusts to 35 mph or stronger are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult… especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

A freeze watch means conditions are favorable for a freeze event in and close to the watch area. Those with agricultural interests in the watch area should make preparations to protect sensitive vegetation and Young trees.

Severe Weather Potential

This afternoon and evening:

Isolated thunderstorms are possible across Northwest and West Central Georgia this afternoon and evening ahead of a approaching cold front and developing storm system.

 

Tuesday morning:

A squall line is expected to pass through the area as early as 2AM.  Timing for this event is estimated 2AM-9AM.  Hazards include damaging winds (60MPH), very heavy rain and isolated brief tornadoes.

**The morning commute to work and school may be disrupted.  Check latest conditions before you leave and allow extra time**

 

Tuesday afternoon:

Another round of storms with increased intensity is expected to develop during the afternoon hours potentially around 4PM.  This round of storms
will also include damaging winds, heavy rain in addition to large hail and tornadoes. 

**The afternoon commute may also be disrupted**

Instructions:

There will be a high risk for damaging winds on Tuesday even outside of the strongest storm areas forecasts call for 20mph wind gusts or higher. This will lead to potential for downed trees leading to road hazards and power outages. Remain weather aware during the overnight and morning hours!

Severe Weather Potential

The National Weather Service has provided information through local Emergency Management Contacts of the potential for strong to severe storms to develop across North Georgia this afternoon and evening.

Timing for this developing system will be from 5pm thru 10pm tonight.

Hazards from any storms that develop will include the potential for damaging winds and frequent lightning.

Additionally there is another system that may produce severe weather on Monday.

Instructions:

All persons in North Georgia especially the North West region of the state and those with outside activities are urged to stay weather alert this evening as storms could rapidly develop and reach severe limits.

Lightning Advisory

…Significant weather advisory for excessive lightning in Paulding…Cobb…DeKalb…Douglas…Clayton and Fulton counties until 345 PM EDT…

At 308 PM EDT…National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm over Sweetwater Creek State Park…moving east at 15 mph.

These storms have the potential to produce pea sized hail…frequent cloud to ground lightning and wind gusts to 40 mph as they move across Paulding…Cobb…DeKalb…Douglas…Clayton and Fulton counties through 345 PM EDT. Some locations in the path of these storms include Campbellton…Fairburn…Bill Arp…Winston… Douglasville…Chapel HIll…Brownsville…Hiram…Union City… Sweetwater Creek State Park…Lithia Springs…Powder Springs… Austell…Sandtown and Mableton. Heavy downpours will cause ponding of water on roadways.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… northeastern Carroll County in northwest Georgia southwestern Paulding County in northwest Georgia

* until 415 PM EDT

* at 325 PM EDT…National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter sized hail…and damaging winds up to 60 mph. This storm was located 14 miles southwest of Dallas…moving east at 5 mph.

* Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to Union and New Georgia.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

In addition to large hail and damaging winds…continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately! Remember…if you can hear thunder…you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

If you see wind damage…hail or flooding…wait until the storm has passed…and then call the National Weather Service toll free at 1 8 6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6 or tweet US your report at nwsatlanta.