ATLANTA — Today: A few clouds mix with the sun. Breezy. High: 74°.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low: 57°.
Friday: 30% chance for rain later in the day. High: 72°
Saturday: Some showers early. Tapering off later in the day. High: 68°.
Winds will increase today as we are squeeze-played in between Tropical Storm Ian and a big area of high pressure.
Northeast winds will be sustained 15 - 20 mph with gusts that could top 30 mph at times. There is a Wind Advisory for areas along and east of I-85 until 8 p.m. tonight. In these areas, wind gusts up to 35 mph are possible.
Here's a look ahead at the wind gusts for this afternoon. Notice how they go up from I-85 east. Meanwhile, northwest Georgia will just be breezy.
Despite our northeast gusty winds, it will otherwise be a pleasant fall day across the area. Temps rise into the 70s for highs. The further east you go, the more clouds you'll experience, associated with Tropical Storm Ian.
Thursday night into Friday morning will bring lows in the 50s with a partly cloudy to mostly cloudy sky overhead.
The chance for rain picks up on Friday. Look for rain late in the day Friday and through the day Saturday. How much rain will depend on the track of Hurricane Ian. Right now, impacts will be very minimal.
Ian was a very strong category four hurricane that has made landfall along the SW Florida coast Wednesday near the Fort Myers area. The storm is now down to a Tropical Storm. It will move offshore this afternoon and then back inland over South Carolina Friday.
The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center keeps Ian east of our state and into South Carolina after landfall. This means that while we will still see wind and rain, it will not be as intense as those east of the storm.
Based on the current models, we see some of that rain showers will be moving in later Friday and will be with us overnight Friday into early Saturday.
Then as the center of the remnants of Ian move into North Carolina Saturday, it pulls the rain with it. We should see some breaks in the rain Saturday afternoon and evening.
The current rainfall forecast has a sharp drop off in amounts as it all depends on the path of the storm. There will be lower amounts in west Georgia, higher amounts in east Georgia.
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