A low-pressure storm system is expected to bring wet weather to north and central Georgia during Thanksgiving week.
Nov 20, 2023 12:23 pm EST | Updated Nov 20, 2023 1:17 pm EST
GEORGIA — A storm system moving across multiple states is targeting Georgia early this week, affecting Thanksgiving travel across the Peach State, weather officials said.
AccuWeather predicted Monday strong gusty thunderstorms – which are moving into the northeast while causing severe conditions in a few southern states – are slated to pour into metro Atlanta on Tuesday morning.
Patch spoke to Katie Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office. She said Monday increasing rain chances for north and central Georgia are forecast overnight into Tuesday.
Severe storms are possible around noon through 6 p.m. Tuesday, bringing “nice, healthy, helpful rainfall” amid drought conditions, Martin said.
Though the flood risk for Georgia is relatively low, winds should occur ahead of the low-pressure system.
A wind advisory is being issued at 7 p.m. Monday for counties north and northwest of the Interstate 85 corridor, she said. The advisory will go into effect until sometime early Tuesday due to possible sustained winds of 30-40 mph.
The rain is expected to last until about 7 a.m. Wednesday, with the system tapering off to the east. Martin said by about 1 p.m. Wednesday, the north and central portions of the state should be dry.
However, Thanksgiving Day on Thursday should bring more wet weather to Georgia as a 30-40 percent chance of rain is forecast. Martin said no thunderstorms or strong winds are expected.
Thanksgiving temperatures are forecast to have lows in the mid-30s to mid-40s and highs in the upper-50s to mid-60s.
Martin encourages residents to “remain weather aware” and to have a way to receive warnings in case severe weather does occur.
As for the rest of the region, AccuWeather warns parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi could receive severe thunderstorms with a chance for tornadoes Monday afternoon into Monday night.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty said in a news release a “drenching rain” is forecast to stretch from the central Plains to central Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys into the night hours Monday.
The outlook for the central Great Lakes to the Appalachians has the area in a wet zone for Tuesday.
Any possible alerts for Georgia will be posted on the National Weather Service’s website.