Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: 73 today, even warmer on Halloween with a high of 77. HOWEVER:  Strong to severe storms will likely affect North, Central Georgia Thursday night; damaging winds and isolated, weak tornadoes possible.

Ware Mechanical Weather Alert: 73 today, even warmer on Halloween with a high of 77. HOWEVER: Strong to severe storms will likely affect North, Central Georgia Thursday night; damaging winds and isolated, weak tornadoes possible.

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An early look at Thursday’s predicted stormy weather: The above chart, from the National Weather Service, was shared by Tim Herrington of the Floyd County Emergency Management office. Based on the latest data, it appears Northwest Georgia will see the effects of the storm between noon and 6 p.m. Thursday. Atlanta area commuters, you’ll see it from 3 until 9 p.m. as will the Columbus area. Athens and Macon, watch out for 6 p.m. through midnight Thursday.

What to know:

  • The storm system has slowed down slightly and is now expected to impact the area Thursday afternoon and Thursday night.
  • The Storm Prediction Center outlook for Thursday night through 8 a.m. Friday morning has placed part of the forecast area in a Slight Risk for severe storms.
  • No storms or other hazards expected on Halloween evening.
  • Strong to severe storms will likely affect north and central Georgia Thursday night with damaging winds and isolated, weak tornadoes possible.

OUTLOOK

A strong storm system is expected to produce widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms across the regional Thursday and into Thursday. A few storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds.

What we’re seeing so far on Thursday:

1.60 inches of rain, from 8 a.m. Thursday through Friday afternoon. The heaviest is due between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.

Sustained winds of 10 mph with gusts approaching 20 mph. Higher in storms.

Timetable for storms: 2 p.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday.

FORECAST

Today: Sunny, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 70. South wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

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