Atlanta hourly rain weather for Tuesday, November 21
ATLANTA — 11Alive StormTrackers is tracking the potential for heavy rain and strong storms Tuesday across the Atlanta area and northern Georgia. We will catch much-needed rain in the middle of the worst drought the region has seen in over 6 years, but the storms will come with the region.
A strong cold front and low pressure system will pull enough moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and bring widespread and sometimes heavy rain across the Peach State. Storms are expected between 1pm and 7pm this afternoon and evening, some of which may be strong to severe.
what do you know:
- Rain will fall on Tuesday
- Strong storms are possible from 1pm to 7pm with damaging winds. A weak hurricane cannot be ruled out.
- Rainfall totals range from 1/2 inch to more than 2 inches
- Outside of storms, it will be windy. Wind speeds in northwest Georgia could reach 40 mph. On the subway, they can reach speeds of up to 30 mph.
- Cool, dry weather follows through Thanksgiving Day
As the warm front pushes northward this afternoon, parts of northern Georgia will become more conducive to thunderstorms. The Strom Forecast Center continues to face a 1 out of 5 severe weather threat level across parts of north and central Georgia. The Atlanta metro area is included. This storm threat rises to a Level 2 out of 5 near Columbus and southwest Georgia.
We expect heavy rain, which may result in puddles/standing water on roads and high creek/stream levels. For severe weather components, strong storms can have damaging winds, and a short rotating tornado cannot be ruled out.
The critical timing for stronger storms is between 1pm and 7pm this afternoon and evening.
At midday, rain will spread across the area. We may start to pick up some heavy rain moving toward northwest Georgia.
By mid-afternoon, stronger storms could develop within this broken line of rain as it enters metro Atlanta. The critical timing for the metro is between 2:30 pm and 6 pm. This model shows the line passing near 4pm relative to the heart of the city, but it could be any time between 3pm and 5:30pm
As the evening descends, heavy rain and storms are rolling across our eastern counties. However, isolated stronger storms will be possible.
Storms race out of the area later after sunset. North Georgia will be completely dry after 10 p.m
Much needed rain
Although this system alone will not eliminate the drought we are experiencing, it will put a small stop to it. We also have a second chance for rain this week on Friday. Rainfall totals from that have yet to be determined.
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