Showers move into metro Atlanta

The forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. Slight storm chance. High: 91

Tonight: Continued chance of storms. Low: 73

Tomorrow: Thunderstorms more likely. High: 90

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

4:47 p.m.: Showers east of Atlanta dying out, with locally heavy rain in Jackson County over I-85.

4:13 p.m.: Storms in Gwinnett and Walton counties with heavy rain, drifting north.

UPDATE 3 p.m.: Metro area thunderstorms seen from the Doraville MARTA station.

ORIGINAL STORY: Clouds hovered over metro Atlanta as isolated showers started to move in Tuesday.

The showers, which started south of Atlanta, drifted north and became more widespread in the afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Areas north of Atlanta picked up light showers, and Jonesboro, Lithonia and Lawrenceville got heavier downpours just before 2 p.m.

However, the showers should taper off by 9 p.m.

Rain is expected to return with greater force Wednesday, when rain chances increase from 30 to 40 percent.

Although showers will be scattered, they could produce heavy downpours.

“I do expect they’ll be a little more numerous than today,” meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

The good news is any storms or downpours that develop Wednesday aren’t expected to turn severe.

That has not been the case in parts of Louisiana, where rain led to catastrophic flooding and displaced more than 11,000 people, according to multiple reports. Some spots in Baton Rouge have had more than 30 inches of rain.

In Atlanta, heat, not flooding, is the concern.

“As you make your plans for the rest of this Tuesday afternoon,” Nitz said, “it’s going to be hot.”

Temperatures were 87 degrees in Atlanta, 86 degrees in Blairsville and 90 degrees in Griffin just before 2:10 p.m.

By 3 p.m., temperatures in Atlanta are expected to reach the 90s for the 63rd time this year.