Augusta will probably miss the brunt of the severe weather expected to sweep across the eastern United States this weekend.
Areas west of Augusta in northern Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and central Kentucky are preparing for severe weather as a storm system from the Rocky Mountains with tornadoes and severe weather is expected to hit Friday.
Meteorologist Chris Liscinsky, of the National Weather Service in Columbia, said the Augusta area will get rain but is not expected to have much severe weather.
Showers with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm will return this evening and push through to the weekend.
The largest chance for severe weather is Saturday morning, Liscinsky said. Meteorologists predict a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms along with the rainfall Saturday morning.
“A fairly strong cold front will be pushing through Saturday,” he said. “The good news is that a lot of the energy with that system will be lagging behind the cold front.”
The lag will help limit the chances for severe weather.
The cold front will drop the temperature significantly from the near-80 degree weather the area has been experiencing this week.
Liscinsky said highs will continue to drop after the cold front moves in and stay in the mid-60s for the remainder of the weekend.