Isolated showers that developed in parts of Madison, Hamilton and Suwannee counties early this afternoon have dissipated.
As we anticipated, a second area of showers and thunderstorms have formed in Southwest Georgia, on a line from just east of Moultrie to just west of Thomasville. However, the line is extending into Eastern Gadsden and Liberty counties in Florida. The cells are moving east between 15 and 20 mph. Therefore, locations along the Highway 319 corridor -- from Tallahassee to Thomasville -- should be prepared for brief downpours. Some small hail and gusty winds cannot be ruled out.
Additional cells could develop/move into areas around and north of Valdosta, especially after sunset.
From 1:09 PM
We are carefully monitoring short-term convective trends.
Early morning clouds have broken up quickly, leaving behind partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies over much of North Florida and South-Central Georgia. However, clouds are holding on tight in Southwest Georgia, especially near the Albany, Bainbridge and Blakely areas. The air is expected to become somewhat unstable in the areas that are seeing the sunshine. A couple areas of thunderstorms may develop this afternoon. The first would be in parts of Taylor, Madison, Suwannee, Hamilton and Lafayette counties as the Gulf coast seabreeze begins to push inland. Another area of scattered showers will be possible in Southwest and South-Central Georgia, mainly along and east of a line from Moultrie to Thomasville. Even though most areas will miss out on the rain because of the scattered nature of the showers, the thermodynamic environment is favorable for small hail or gusty winds with the strongest cells that develop.
Longer range models are showing a more interesting weather pattern this upcoming Saturday. Odds are increasing for a more organized threat of showers and strong or severe thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has outlooked our entire area on Saturday for the potential of widespread severe thunderstorms. We will be monitoring this weather situation over the next few days and will update as conditions warrant.