19 Mar Georgia Weather: Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Possible
ATLANTA, GA — Severe thunderstorms, possibly spurring tornadoes and very large hail, could hit metro Atlanta as early as Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the chance for storms in north and central Georgia is highest from 3 p.m. to midnight.
"A few tornadoes, very large hail up to two inches in diameter, damaging wind gusts over 60 m.p.h., and frequent lightning will all be possible," the weather service said in a hazardous weather outlook released Monday morning.
The outlook includes counties from Macon in middle Georgia all the way up to the north Georgia mountains.
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The chance of rain in metro Atlanta is 40 percent during the day Monday, jumping up to 80 percent Monday night. Showers and thunderstorms are expected mainly before 3 a.m., according to the weather service.
The chance of rain continues through Tuesday and into Tuesday night. But, after that, this week should be mostly sunny. Temperatures this week won’t quite reach the spring-like highs we saw over the weekend, but they should be pleasant, nonetheless — although nighttime lows will get a little chilly.
Highs in the upper-60s to start the week will dip down into the upper-50s, before edging back up by the weekend. It shouldn’t hit freezing any time this week, although lows are expected to drop down into the 30s several times.
Here’s your work-week weather forecast for metro Atlanta, from the National Weather Service:
Monday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Monday night, showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3 a.m. Some of the storms could be severe. Low around 56. Southeast wind 5-10 m.p.h. becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 5-15 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 25 m.p.h. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A chance of showers before 2 a.m. Tuesday night, then a slight chance of rain after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 15-20 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 30 m.p.h. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 15-20 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 30 m.p.h. Wednesday night, mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Mostly clear Thursday night, with a low around 38.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Friday night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.