Rough weather may sweep region late today, overnight

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 12:30 PM
Last updated 1:02 PM
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Warmer than normal temperatures will end this evening as a cold front and accompanying thunderstorms move across the area.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service predict a day with highs mostly in the 70s. A cold front is anticipated to move across Georgia later this evening that could produce thunderstorms and damaging winds around midnight.

The majority of the storm is anticipated to strike north and west of Augusta, said Pam Tucker, Columbia County emergency and operations director.

Although the atmosphere locally is expected to be more stable that other parts of the state, isolated thunderstorms remain a possibility.

“Pretty much after daybreak (Friday) the threat of severe weather will probably be over. There may be a few remaining showers,” said Tony Petrolito, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to remain mild Friday despite the cold front’s passage, but the higher temperatures will continue to fall throughout the weekend.

The weekend is expected to be dry with temperatures in the mid-60s Saturday and in the upper-50s Sunday, Petrolito said.

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