Ware Mechanical Weather Center: The calm before the storm. Beautiful weekend ahead of heavy rain, strong wind gusts from Hurricane Irma due here Monday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: The calm before the storm. Beautiful weekend ahead of heavy rain, strong wind gusts from Hurricane Irma due here Monday.

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LATEST ON IRMA

We’ll have a separate update on Irma, at least through the start of the weekend. Click hurricane

Rain: Current forecast shows close to three inches of rain starting Monday afternoon and continuing into Tuesday.

Winds: Sustained winds from 10 to 32 mph from midday Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday; gusts as high as 50 mph during the same time frame.

Source: Both rain, wind totals from the National Weather Service, based on 8 a.m. Saturday forecasts.

WEATHER SERVICE: HEAVY RAIN DUE, FLOODING POSSIBLE:

Storm total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are possible for portions of north and central Georgia Monday and Tuesday. Locally
higher amounts can be expected, especially in the northern mountains and also across the eastern parts of central Georgia where up to 7 inches of rain are possible. This will increase the threat of flash flooding as well as river flooding over north and central Georgia.

Hurricane Irma will begin spreading rain into parts of central Georgia Sunday and Sunday night. As Irma moves into north and central Georgia as a tropical storm Monday and Tuesday, heavy rain will spread across north and central Georgia. As Irma continues to weaken into a tropical depression it will stall across the southeast producing additional rainfall Wednesday and Thursday but amounts are uncertain at this time.

3:30 p.m. Saturday long-term forecast discussion from NWS: The long term will be heavily weighted by the track of Irma. Latest track brings Irma into the southwestern part of the central watch area by Monday evening as a Cat 1 storm, then passing west of Atlanta and into northeast Alabama by Tuesday morning weakening into a Tropical Storm as it passes by Atlanta. This will spread tropical storm force winds across central and parts of north Georgia Monday and Monday night, generally south of I-20. Winds will diminish Tuesday as Irma weakens into a tropical depression. As Irma continues to weaken, the upper trough will deepen and finally lift Irma and its moisture eastward, but not at any fast pace. This will keep pops going for mainly north Georgia for the rest of the long term.

FORECAST

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Light north wind becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 60. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 68. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

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