The National Weather Service is alerting Muscogee and other area Georgia counties that isolated and severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and tonight.
Other area counties included in the hazardous weather outlook today are Chattahoochee, Harris, Talbot, Troup, Meriwether, Marion, Schley, Taylor and Webster.
“A strong spring storm over the lower and mid-Mississippi valley region will remain nearly stationary through tonight,” says the weather service advisory. “This will allow upper-level disturbances to move across the Tennessee valley and into Georgia today and tonight.”
Among the hazards of severe thunderstorms are large hail, damaging winds, brief heavy rain and lightning, the service says: “The main threat area will be along and north of a line from LaGrange to Jackson to Washington … between the hours of 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.”
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Central Georgia has a chance of thunderstorms, but, “The deepest moisture will be over North Georgia,” forecasters say. “This deep moisture, combined with the increasing instability will be sufficient for the possibility of isolated severe thunderstorms to develop across North Georgia.”
Here’s the hot and muggy weekend forecast:
A 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. this afternoon, mostly cloudy, a high near 85, south wind 10-15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.
A 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight before 8 p.m., mostly cloudy, low around 71, south-southeast wind 10-15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.
A 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday, mostly cloudy, a high near 89, south-southeast wind 10-15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.
A 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night, cloudy, low 71, south wind 10-15 mph, gusting up to 25 mph.