20 Mar

Downpours now, severe storm risk later

The risk of strong to severe storms is highest in west Georgia Monday.

ATLANTA FORECAST

Today: Rainy. High: 68

Tonight: Severe storms likely. Low: 57

Tomorrow: Windy and cool. High: 66

Gusty wind, large hail and tornadoes are possible later Monday as severe storms sweep through metro Atlanta.

But that severe weather isn’t expected in the morning, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t have any issues out there this morning,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “It’s wet.”

Isolated downpours were reported early Monday.

Storms are expected to develop by 6 p.m., also when an isolated severe weather risk begins, Channel 2 reported.

Storm activity increases by 9 p.m.

“And we’ll really see that risk ramp up as we head into late tonight and in the early morning hours tomorrow morning,” Monahan said.

BY LATE TODAY: We’ll be in the "warm sector" of this system — with the air becoming increasingly unstable as powerful upper level wind at about 5,000 feet move across north Georgia.This will support the potential for strong, long-tracked tornadoes. pic.twitter.com/GTiAmFiN2a

— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) March 19, 2018

Ellijay and areas to the west of the city face a 30 percent chance of tornadoes.

“If you have any travel plans that will take you along I-20 this afternoon/evening from west Georgia to Alabama to Mississippi, please stay very weather aware,” Monahan said. “It will be along this area that will have the greatest risk for strong, long-tracked tornadoes.”

Currently, the temperature is 58 degrees in Atlanta.

The high is expected to reach 68.

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