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Severe thunderstorm watch discontinued for southern Georgia

swody1 04/03/2023
Posted at 4:13 AM, Mar 30, 2023

UPDATE (7:15pm) — The severe thunderstorm watch has been canceled before its original expiration time. Remaining evening thunderstorms will be isolated and locally strong with limited coverage expected.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW

The latest spring cold front will trigger a round of thunderstorms and rain that will target southern Georgia counties this afternoon.

The cold front — part of the broader disturbance that caused many tornadoes in the Midwest and Midsouth — will slip toward the region late today, into a warmer and moister air mass locally. The system, along with south winds here, will create areas of clouds, with showers and thunder popping up this afternoon.

While several thunderstorms are projected to form Saturday, severe storms are expected to be isolated to scattered as they develop in interior southern Georgia and most southeast toward the state line early this evening. When stronger storms further strengthen, they can be intense with locally heavy rain, strong wind gusts, and possible severe-weather elements of large hail and damaging gusts. A stray, brief tornado is possible but the chances of that are low.

A few local severe thunderstorm warnings can be issued for counties affected by such activity this afternoon. Be ready to stay in safe shelter if a warning is issued for your area..