Pollen washed away -- for now

Did you see any yellow rivers Thursday?

Showers that rolled through the metro Atlanta area and washed away pollen brought a sigh of relief to allergy sufferers -- and hopefully a few less sneezes.

"Today’s rain helped the pollen out substantially," said Glenn Burns, WSB-TV chief meteorologist.

The rainfall -- totaling about a half inch in Atlanta -- brought along cooler, more seasonable temperatures, too.

High temperatures will reach the upper 60s on Friday around Atlanta and will climb back to the 70s for the weekend. Temperatures will dip into the 40s at night -- where they should be this time of year.

"We had a little taste of June and now we’re going to be back to April," Burns said.

The forecast includes several days of sunny skies, he said.

"I actually do not see any rain at all in the foreseeable future … next five to 10 days look to be pretty dry," Burns said.

But there is a downside to several days without rain. Grab your tissues. The pollen will be back, but there won't be as much as before.

"With the sunshine returning and the dry conditions, it will be back by the weekend," Burns said.

High winds Thursday shortly before 5 p.m. damaged the roofs of several homes in Morgan County, according to the National Weather Service. Numerous trees and an electrical tower were knocked down, meteorologist Laura Griffith said late Thursday night.

“There’s nothing at this point that would indicate a tornado," Griffith told the AJC. "It’s likely that what actually happened was a straight line wind damage."

The most severe damage was in the town of Bostwick, about an hour and 20 minutes east of downtown Atlanta. Crews will evaluate the damage Friday morning, Griffith said.