Storms should cover much of Georgia as front stays

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ATLANTA FORECAST 

Friday: High: 88

Friday night: Low: 73

Saturday: High: 87

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Atlanta and the north metro area mostly dodged the strong rain Thursday; sorry Henry, Spalding and Coweta counties. 

However, much of Middle and North Georgia should be covered in showers and thunderstorms Friday as the rain chances ramp up to 60 percent, Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

“I would expect a big increase in the coverage of showers and thunderstorms (Friday),” Burns said.

The cold front that brought a lot of this hot, moist air has developed into a stationary front, which means it’s holding tight right in the middle of the state. Burns said that will keep the chance of storms high during the day.

“One of the things forcing this (thunderstorm) energy is this front. It’s going to meander, and I do mean meander,” he said.

The morning should be mostly free of rain, but once the daytime temperatures get near the predicted 88-degree high, the chance of strong storms will be high, Burns said.

The front should sag south during the evening, dropping the chance of rain to 40 percent Saturday and 30 percent Sunday. Unfortunately, another front is coming Monday and Tuesday to increase the chance of rain again, Burns said.

The storms will likely affect the evening commute Friday, which may already be plagued by construction projects around Atlanta.

Two left lanes of Spring Street are blocked between Peachtree Street and 17th Street for construction until Monday by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The storms could also affect the Braves’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at SunTrust Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

(Channel 2 Action News)

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2018-07-12 23:54:04

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