Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rain and thunderstorms expected later today and Saturday. Some could be strong to severe, over half-inch of rain possible.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Rain and thunderstorms expected later today and Saturday. Some could be strong to severe, over half-inch of rain possible.

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OUTLOOK

Partly sunny, high near 90 today and then 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms late afternoon and evening into Saturday. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected mainly this afternoon and into tonight as a cold front moves out of the Tennessee Valley and into north Georgia this afternoon. A few thunderstorms could be strong to severe with strong gusty winds, frequent lightning, and heavy rain. The best time for thunderstorm development will be from noon to 10 PM.

The cold front will continue its slow southward movement, moving into central Georgia by Saturday afternoon. Numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop by late Saturday morning and continue into Saturday evening. Scattered mainly afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible Monday through Thursday.

LOCAL RIVER LEVELS

Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report

Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report

FORECAST

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 97. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 70. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 85. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

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