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SATURDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE - Severe weather possible Sunday

Areas in red are more at risk for severe weather on Sunday.

An approaching cold front will bring strong storms to Middle Georgia Sunday.

An organized line of storms will move in from the west overnight, bringing the potential for heavy rain, frequent lightning, and strong winds.

Given the way the atmosphere will be set up ahead of these storms, we expect changes in the wind profile to be the main force behind severe weather. Brief and isolated tornadoes are possible in this type of situation, but they tend to be weaker ones.

Because this system will be crossing Middle Georgia during the first half of the day, the air will be warming as storms move through. Warmer air means more energy for storms to work with, so they can expected to strengthen as the day goes on. Because this line will be moving from west to east, our eastern counties have a higher risk for severe weather during the day Sunday.

New data suggests that this system is moving quickly, and will impact the Mid-State earlier in the day than was previously forecast.

Expect rain to start falling west of the Interstate-75 corridor early in the morning. Places like Macon and Warner Robins will see storms in the hours before noon, and places like Dublin, McRae, and Vidalia will see them at lunchtime or later.

By the time storms move out Sunday afternoon, we expect rainfall totals to stand as high as 1-2 inches across our area.

We encourage you to download the WGXA News and Weather apps before the storms arrive. They are available as a free download in both the Apple and Android markets. Stay tuned to WGXA News on-air and online for updates.

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