Atlanta weather | Rain Thursday, then sunny skies for Easter

There were showers and scattered thunderstorms Wednesday, but none packed the punch of storms that sparked a couple of lightning fires in Gwinnett County late Tuesday.

Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said there is a 60 percent chance of rain across metro Atlanta on Thursday, including scattered thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 70s, with lows in the low 60s.

There’s a slight risk of severe storms Thursday across an area that includes southwest Georgia, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

For metro Atlanta, Friday looks to be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s and lows dipping into the mid 50s, Burns said.

Expect Easter weekend to be mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 70s. Lows will be in the 50s.

That's a change of pace from earlier in the week.

Strong storms that developed across northeast Georgia on Tuesday afternoon moved southward into the northeastern suburbs of metro Atlanta later in the evening.

Lightning from those storms sparked a house fire on Point River Drive near Duluth just before 10 p.m., Gwinnett County fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. About five minutes later, lightning struck a home on Floral Ridge Drive near Dacula.

Firefighters were able to quickly control the second fire, which Rutledge said damaged the roof and attic of the home, but the home near Duluth was a total loss, he said.

No injuries were reported in either blaze.

Firefighters initially feared that someone might have been inside the Duluth home since there were two cars in the garage, but late Wednesday morning, Rutledge said that authorities had confirmed through relatives that the residents, a couple in their late 50s or early 60s, were out of town on vacation.

Staff photographer John Spink contributed to this article.

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