An updated severe storm risk shows the greatest risk moving in Thursday night into Friday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Heavy rain on the way in metro Atlanta

It’s sunny and warm outside in metro Atlanta, but rain’s on the way Thursday.

Temperatures were 69 degrees in Atlanta, 64 degrees in Blairsville and 70 degrees in Griffin just before 3 p.m.

“Now for tonight, clouds are going to start to thicken up, but no rain just yet as we head toward late this evening,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “But by tomorrow morning as we ease through the morning commute, that’s when we’ll start to see some showers move into north Georgia.”

Rain will pickup Thursday night.

The metro area and areas south of metro Atlanta could get between 1 and 3 inches of rain, and there is a slight risk of severe storms west of Atlanta.

That could mean strong wind and isolated tornadoes southwest and northwest of LaGrange and including parts of LaGrange and Carrollton.

Atlanta only faces a marginal risk of strong wind, heavy rain and flash flooding.

Though, conditions could still bring down tree limbs and power lines, Monahan said.

Though, the wet weather could bring the pollen count down in the metro area.

The count was already down from the season high of 4,107 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air Tuesday to 1,838 particles Wednesday, pushing metro Atlanta a bit further from last year’s season high of 6,152 particles on April 9.

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