Atlanta weather | Severe thunderstorm watch ends

A severe thunderstorm watch that was issued for 18 counties in north Georgia before storms moved through the metro Atlanta area late Wednesday afternoon has ended.

The watch, which went into effect at 12:45 p.m. and expired at 7 p.m., covered Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield, according to the National Weather Service.

Isolated severe thunderstorms were possible for most of Wednesday, especially between 2 and 10 p.m., the Weather Service said. The most likely area for severe storms to develop was along and north of I-85.

Around 5:45 p.m., hail was developing and starting to fall in the south metro area, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

No major damage or injuries were reported.

The Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center is also predicting a slight chance of severe storms across much of north Georgia on Thursday.

Channel 2 put the chance of rain at 60 percent Wednesday through Friday, diminishing slightly to 40 percent Saturday and Sunday.

Afternoon highs will be in the mid-80s through Sunday, with morning lows in the low 70s.

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