Hurricane Sally to Impact North Georgia-updated rain totals

Hurricane Sally will bring heavy rain and breezy conditions to North Georgia in the coming days.

As of 1PM Monday, Sally was a rapidly strengthening Category 1 hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to reach Category 2 strength with a landfall late Tuesday on the Mississippi Coastline.

Latest NHC forecast for Sally

It will weaken quickly and move slowly after landfall, but it’s effects will be felt well inland as a shield of heavy rain works inland. By late Wednesday we will see this rain move into our area.

Model radar output for late Wednesday

Overnight Wednesday into Thursday heavy rain will become likely. Current modeling suggests the possibility of 3-6″ of rain across the region with isolated higher amounts possible. Thanks to the recent rains this could easily result in some isolated areas of flash flooding. I expect a Flash Flood Watch to be issued at some point. In addition, a small tornado threat may exist but the extent of such a threat remains to be seen.

Forecast rainfall from the WPC

By Friday we’ll see a cold front push through taking the remains of Sally with it. Stay tuned for the latest updates as this situation evolves.

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