Widespread severe weather is forecast for much of Georgia on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. This system has the potential to be stronger than Monday’s system, with an even higher threat of tornadoes and damaging winds. The National Weather Service has upgraded portions of Georgia to a moderate risk. Supercell development with a risk for strong, long-lived tornadoes is possible. Destructive thunderstorm winds and golf-ball-sized hail will also be possible. One round of thunderstorms will move through with a warm front during the morning and afternoon. A second round will move through with a cold front later in the afternoon and evening.
Today/tonight: Dry and warm weather will continue through this evening. Beginning late tonight, thunderstorms are expected to develop with a lifting warm front near the Georgia/Alabama border south of I-20. A few of these thunderstorms could become severe, with damaging winds, large hail, and frequent lightning being the main hazards. The National Weather Service has placed western portions of Georgia in the slight and marginal risk categories for these storms late tonight through early tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow: The thunderstorms that form along the warm front will become more widespread by daybreak. Numerous severe thunderstorms are expected to develop beginning late Wednesday morning. After the activity associated with the warm front moves out in the afternoon, another round of storms associated with an approaching cold front will move through during the afternoon and evening. With both rounds tomorrow, damaging winds, large hail, and several tornadoes will be possible. Strong, long-track tornadoes are not out of the question. The main cold front will move through Georgia late Wednesday night. The threat for severe thunderstorms will end when the front passes.
Please make every effort to stay aware of weather conditions and take steps to ensure your safety. In the event of a tornado, find shelter immediately on the lowest level of the nearest building and avoid windows by finding an interior room. Additional safety information can be found here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html.