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Strong Thunderstorms Expected Monday

Mar 17, 2013 -- 8:39pm


By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The threat of severe weather has moved back into Northwest Georgia’s forecast.
The National Weather Service is calling for a 90% chance of strong thunderstorms throughout Monday, most likely beginning at 3pm and carrying on into early Tuesday morning. According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook report, Northern Georgia in particular is at risk for more of the severe weather.
Around this time of the year, Weather Channel Meteorologist Mark Thibodeau says a significant threat of strong thunderstorms and isolated tornados exists for Northwest Georgia. 
“What we have going on in the winter and in the spring months of Northwest Georgia-- we have these strong weather systems that move by to the north of our area and typically we’ll get into the warm side of these storms. So, we have a lot of warm moist air ahead of these storms and then you combine the jet stream over the top of that---and that basically causes a turning of the winds,” Thibodeau says. “It creates a wind shear in the atmosphere. When these storms develop, sometimes in the winter and spring, they grow into this environment and that’s how we can get severe thunderstorms that sometimes produce isolated tornados.”  
Over an inch of rain is expected from that storm system as well. Keep it tuned to WRGA for the latest weather updates. 
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