Rain to continue, with severe storms possible overnight in extreme northwest Georgia

Metro Atlanta’s damp and drizzly early December weather will continue into next week, and forecasters warned that isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible over far northwest Georgia late Thursday and Thursday night.

The National Weather Service said isolated tornadoes could occur with those storms along and north of a line from Cedartown to Blue Ridge.

For metro Atlanta, the chance of rain is 40 percent Thursday, climbing to 80 percent Friday, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

Afternoon temperatures Thursday and Friday will be some 15 to 20 degrees above normal, reaching the low 70s Thursday and mid-70s Friday.

Temperatures just before daybreak Thursday were in the mid-60s, well above the normal low of 39 and several degrees higher than the record high minimum temperature for the date of 60 degrees.

Minton said lows early Friday will again be in the 60s before cooling considerably over the weekend.

Saturday’s highs will be in the mid-50s after morning lows in the upper 40s, Minton said.

There’s a 70 percent chance of rain Saturday, increasing to 80 percent Sunday, when highs will be in the mid-50s after lows in the mid-40s.