COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - After some booming thunderstorms overnight, Tuesday brings another chance of strong to severe storms across the Chattahoochee Valley especially during the afternoon and evening hours as the atmosphere becomes more “unstable” again. Our area remains under a Level 2 & 3 out of 5 risk for seeing storms that could bring mainly a damaging wind, heavy rain, and intense lightning threat, though we can’t rule out hail or brief tornadoes either (the threat is much lower in comparison to the others). Storms will likely be more robust as they approach the I-85 corridor from the northwest before possibly weakening somewhat while moving southeastward. Unfortunately, there is still uncertainty on how many rounds of storms we will see and the exact timing of each batch; our high resolution computer models that we use to illustrate the coverage and timing of storms to you do not have a good handle on the set-up. So, just prepare for the possibility of individual storms firing up as early as 12-1 PM EDT, but any other widespread clusters of storms to follow are pegged to arrive during the late afternoon and evening hours.
Any strong storms will fade away after midnight with just a few lingering showers left behind at times on Wednesday. The storm system responsible for this messy weather set-up will swing a cold front through the Valley tomorrow, bringing a dose of drier air for the rest of the week and slightly below average temperatures in the 70s and 50s through Saturday morning. The weekend still looks dry under a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s, so weather looks fantastic if not a little warm for Mother’s Day. The start of next week features the possibility of more rain and storms back in the forecast, but plenty of time to fine-tune that in the days to come. In the meantime, stay weather alert and may the 4th be with you!
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