Things are looking near ideal Thursday as rain chances diminish and the sunshine returns to North Georgia.
Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said there will be mostly sunny periods through the afternoon, and temperatures are running about 10 to 15 degrees higher than the day before.
The projected high for Atlanta is 76 degrees.
“The good news is this area of low pressure that we've been dealing with for the last couple of days is farther to our north,” Walls said. “It’s pulling away, and that means our weather here in North Georgia will be improving.”
There is only a 20% chance of some showers Thursday. Walls said she is not worried about any wet weather impacting afternoon plans.
There will still be some clouds around, however.
“We'll continue with the overcast skies,” she said. “... By around noon, we will start to thin those clouds out. Partly cloudy conditions are on the way.”
Thursday evening will be cool with temperatures in the 60s by 11 p.m., perfect for any evening grilling plans, according to Walls. Things will change Friday, when storm chances increase to 40%.
“Unfortunately, some storms could be on the stronger side,” she said.
There is the potential for strong storms starting about noon Friday in northwest Georgia. Walls said the location of the storms could change, but the biggest risk is for those north of I-20.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center considers the risk to be a Level 1 out of 5.
“Basically, no matter where you are in North Georgia, you want to stay weather aware,” Walls said. “Because the storms that do fire up tomorrow will be capable of not only the typical heavy rain and lightning, some of those stronger storms could produce gusty winds as well as hail.”
Wind from the southwest will also help to drive in some higher temperatures Friday, she said. Forecast highs are running in the 80s.
It will stay warm with daily chances of afternoon storms through Memorial Day weekend, according to Channel 2.
“Yes, we're going to be dealing with afternoon storms each day, but again the severe risk is low,” Walls said. “Temperatures are hot, mid- to upper 80s.”
With dry pavement Thursday morning, there are no major delays on metro Atlanta interstates, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
“No complaints yet,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said. “It’s still a fine ride through downtown Atlanta.”
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