Today's forecast

Temps may hit 70 this week; storms Wednesday

This week’s weather across north Georgia will feature unseasonably warm tempertures in the 70s, followed by a risk of severe storms and heavy rain, then freezing temperatures with a chance of mountain flurries.

Monday’s weather should be calm, with afternoon highs in the upper 50s followed by overnight lows in the 40s.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist David Chandley said temperatures on Tuesday should soar to around 70 degrees, nearly 20 degrees above normal for late January.

Chandley said there’s a 20 percent chance of rain late in the day Tuesday, but the “fireworks” will come on Wednesday, when the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has put nearly all of Georgia under a slight risk of severe storms.

Chandley said the chance of rain and thunderstorms is 90 percent on Wednesday, with the bulk of the storms expected to sweep through metro Atlanta “in the heart of the day, when we have the maximum heating and maximum instability.”

In addition to a chance of damaging straight-line winds and heavy rain, there could be a few isolated tornadoes, Chandley warned.

The Weather Service is predicting rainfall totals of up to 2 inches in parts of north Georgia.

Highs Wednesday will be in the mid-60s, with lows in the upper 50s.

After the storms clear out, temperatures will drop back to seasonal levels Thursday and Friday, with highs around 50 degrees and lows in the 30s.

The Weather Service is predicting a slight chance of snow flurries Thursday night across the mountain counties, where lows will drop into the mid-20s, but no accumulations are expected.

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