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"There's A Storm Front Coming..."
- Billy Joel

TORNADO WATCHES BISECT THE OHIO VALLEY TO SOUTHEAST
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED ALONG EAST COAST

PERIODS AND REGIONS OF HIGHEST IMPACT
Strong to severe storms, heavy downpours, damaging winds 50 mph or greater
  • Southern I-40 Corridor: (Texas to Tennessee) Impacts in progress until late this afternoon. Damaging winds, tornadoes, lightning and heavy rain with any storms.
  • I-81 Corridor: (Virginia & Blue Ridge Mountains) Late afternoon to early evening.
  • I-95 Corridor (Richmond to Philadelphia) After sundown to midnight from late West of I-81: Expect strong to severe storms anytime after 9 PM.
  • I-95 Corridor (North Carolina to Florida) Late tonight into early Thursday. Isolated tornadoes are possible, damaging winds in excess of 50 mph and heavy rain.




REPORT FROM SEVERE WEATHER TEAM IN  NORTH GEORGIA  

8:00 AM EST 1/30/13 (Severe Weather Update - Forecaster Isaacs)

The severe weather is currently in the Mid-Mississippi Valley and slowly moving towards the Atlanta Metro Area. Our graphic below shows our thoughts about all the hazards that will be accompanied by the cold front that will pass through the area today.

HAZARDS: Damaging Winds, Heavy Rainfall, Frequent Lightning, and Isolated Tornadoes.

TIMING: The thunderstorms should approach the Northwest corner of the state right around morning rush hour. The storms will continue to push through the state throughout the morning and afternoon hours. Timing on the Metro Atlanta area between lunch and the evening commute. This will cause some major issues on area roadways...and additional time should be considered on all trips.

WIND STATEMENTS: 
  • The Northeast Georgia Mountains will be under a HIGH WIND WARNING
  • Remainder of the area under a WIND ADVISORY from 5 AM to 7 PM tomorrow. 
  • Areas under the WARNING will have sustained winds between 30 - 40 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. 
  • Area under the ADVISORY will have sustained winds between 15 - 25 MPH with gusts to 35 MPH.

FLOOD WATCHES: Most of North Georgia (not including the Metro Atlanta Area) will be under a FLOOD WATCH from 5 AM to 7 PM tomorrow. Area under the WATCH should expect rainfall amounts around 2 inches. Area to the south of the WATCH will experience at least 1 inch...possibly more depending of the nature of the thunderstorm development.

TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT? Tonight expect increasing clouds with lows in the lower 50s. Tomorrow night, expect decreasing clouds with the departure of the cold front with lows near the freezing mark.