Weekend Weather Update

MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Happy Friday, middle Georgia! We have finally made it to the end of the week, and there are big changes coming in the forecast. Today, there will be more sun than clouds which will lead to slightly higher temperatures. Highs today will be in the middle 90’s, coming in at about 95 degrees. There is a slight chance for late afternoon/evening thunderstorms again today, but they will mostly be isolated in nature and dying down by midnight.

Cloud cover and rain chances will increase heading into the weekend. A cold front will be swinging across the southeast, bringing a better chance for storms. Tomorrow, there’s a 40% chance of storms, with temperatures in the low 90’s. As the cold front passes through Georgia on Sunday, storms are expected. Warm weather, high dew points and southerly wind flow may aid in the development of severe storms.

As of Friday morning, the Storm Prediction Center placed the following counties under a slight risk for severe weather: Eastern Monroe, Eastern Bibb, North/Northeastern Twiggs, Northeastern Bleckley, Laurens, Northeastern Wheeler, Treutlen, Johnson, Wilkinson, Gray, Baldwin, Hancock and Washington. Scattered severe storms are possible in this area on Sunday. Storms that turn severe will likely be short lived and produce strong, damaging winds and hail about one inch in diameter. It is possible that hail two inches in diameter may fall in stronger isolated severe storms, and one or two tornadoes cannot be ruled out of Sunday’s storm threats.

The rest of our counties to the west are under a marginal risk for severe weather – isolated severe storms are possible with 40-60 mph winds, hail up to one inch in diameter and a low tornado risk.

The 41 First Alert Storm Team will be monitoring this situation very closely, and we will bring you the latest updates as they occur.

Now that it’s hurricane season, meteorologists around the nation are monitoring the tropics closely. Tropical cyclone Bonnie (which became a tropical storm, then weakened to a depression and a post-tropical cyclone) has recently been upgraded to a tropical depression. Bonnie poses no threat to the United States with just 35 mph sustained winds and movement east out to the Atlantic sea.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a broad area of low pressure is expected to form in the Gulf of Mexico, and it has a 50% chance of forming into a tropical cyclone within the next 5 days. The area that the NHC is monitoring includes a stretch of sea from Tampa, FL to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Model predictions show the low tracking from the Gulf of Mexico northeastward. It is possible that the development of this low late in the weekend could bring heavy, flooding rains to the Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba and the Florida Peninsula.

As you can tell, there is a lot going on in the weather world. We will surely be very busy monitoring these changing conditions and bringing you the latest updates that are Clear, Accurate and To the Point! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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