Brace yourselves, Atlanta. Severe weather is coming.
Damaging winds, large hail and even tornadoes are possible starting as early as 7 a.m. Sunday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon said.
Timing could change, but the storms are expected to move across Alabama and into Georgia overnight, sticking around for most of Sunday before settling down by late afternoon or evening.
Winds stronger than 60 mph are possible as well as tornadoes and an inch or more of hail, Deon said, calling for a 90 percent chance of rain the second half of the weekend.
“The rain stretches from Texas all the way into the Lower Mississippi Valley,” Deon said of the approaching storm system. “That energy will be moving in our direction overnight into early Sunday morning. … We’ll have heavy rain and the possibility of hail as well as tornadoes and strong damaging winds early in the day.”
The storms could affect the Masters, which saw brief delays on Friday during short showers.
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“I do think the Masters will experience a chance for showers and thunderstorms on Sunday, and (the chance) will be growing that afternoon,” meteorologist Glenn Burns said.
Scattered showers are expected to reach Augusta by the afternoon or evening.
The good news is that the wet weather should clear out some of this pollen.
Saturday’s pollen count reached 6,575 particles per cubic meter of air, which is considered “extremely high.”
“The pollen count has gone way up,” Deon said. “We need the rainfall to wash this out.”
The strong cold front should clear North Georgia by late Sunday, leaving the air behind it cooler and drier. Monday morning lows are expected to be chilly in the 40s and highs will only reach the 60s.
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