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Tornado watch in effect for most of area until 10pmedt

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Keith Stellman-Meteorologist in Charge National Weather Service Atlanta/Peachtree City GA -

Tornado WATCH in effect for Macon, Bullock, Lee, Russell, Barbour, and Chambers county until 9 PM CDT. Tornado WATCH in effect for all of our Georgia Counties except Clay/Quitman/Randolph Counties.

 

The hail threat will be the primary threat with our first round ahead of the cold front this evening. Albeit the tornado threat is low, a few weak spin up tornadoes can not be ruled out. Stay with the First Alert Weather team for the latest weather.

The NWS below has a nice breakdown for you along with the latest graphics reflecting the latest by the SPC.

 

Brief Discussion  

A strong spring storm system over the mid-Mississippi valley will move northeast through Tuesday which will push a cold front into north and central Georgia tonight. Scattered storms are beginning to develop across north and central Alabama and they will slowly move into northwest Georgia as the afternoon progresses.  Some of these storms could be severe with damaging winds,  large hail and perhaps a tornado with the greatest risk west of I-75. The exception will be northeast Georgia where a wedge will be in place and this will keep the risk of severe weather to a minimum with this area of storms.

The squall line will continue moving across central Georgia after midnight, however the atmosphere will slowly stabilize. This will aid in the diminishing of the intensity of the storms as they move across central/east Georgia.

Timing:

6-8PM

(6-8PM) from Columbus eastward to south of Macon.  Should that scenario play out, very large hail, damaging wind and a tornado cannot be ruled out given the fact that the most unstable atmosphere will reside south of I-20...and particularly from Columbus eastward. 

10PM+

Even though the atmosphere will not be as unstable, it will be enough to support strong to severe storms as it enters GA with Hail and Damaging wind the primary threat, however, a brief spin up along the line will be possible.

The 2 graphics attached show you:

1. Storm Prediction Center Outlook area - primarily west of I-75 

2. Tornado Threat - Highest in Far western GA.

3. Hail Threat - Everywhere in the slight Risk, but Very Large Hail (>1.5") risk is confined to the few counties around Columbus.

 

Keith Stellman-Meteorologist in Charge

National Weather Service Atlanta/Peachtree City GA

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