Afternoon storms could turn severe across metro Atlanta

A slight chance of severe storms was forecast for metro Atlanta Friday as a line of thunderstorms swept into northwest Georgia from Alabama.

At 9 a.m., the leading edge of the rain and storms stretched from near Dalton to Rome to north of Montgomery, Ala.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has put most of northwest Georgia, including metro Atlanta, under a slight risk for severe storms Friday.

Forecasters said the greatest risk for severe storms is north of a line from Columbus to Athens, from mid-morning through the afternoon hours.

Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said the chance of rain is 60 percent Friday afternoon, when highs will be in the mid-70s.

Saturday will be mostly sunny and dry, but another round of rain is forecast for late in the day Sunday and continuing through Monday.

There's a 60 percent chance of rain Sunday, with lows in the upper 40s and highs in the mid-60s.

The chance of rain increases to 80 percent Monday before diminishing to 20 percent Tuesday, Minton said.

The rain should bring welcome relief for allergy sufferers.

Friday morning's pollen count soared to 5,230 particles per cubic meter of air, nearly double Thursday's count of 2,722. Last year's pollen count peaked at 8,024 on April 11.