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Severe storms possible Friday in South Georgia

Based on new data from Thursday evening's forecast models, the timing continues to shift earlier in the day. A line of storms ahead of a cold front is expected to push through the area from west to east between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Gusty winds are expected along the line and behind the cold front during the afternoon. / FOX 31 Weather

Friday's forecast still includes a chance of severe weather for South Georgia.

Based on new data from Thursday evening's forecast models, the timing continues to shift earlier in the day. A line of storms ahead of a cold front is expected to push through the area from west to east between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Gusty winds are expected along the line and behind the cold front during the afternoon.

Current indications support the potential for damaging wind, brief tornadoes, torrential rain and lightning. Of the four threats, lightning is the least concerning. There appears to be limited instability to support thunder and lightning, but you can have severe weather without thunder and lightning.

Fun fact, according to the National Weather Service, most of Georgia's tornados develop in April (22%). March comes in with the second highest percentage of tornadoes at 18 percent. Like we all learned last year, January can see tornado development too. In fact, 6% of the tornadoes that develop across the state are in January.

Behind this weather system, the brief warm-up this week will be a memory as another arctic blast takes over the southeast. For Southwest Georgia, expect lows to reach the lower 30s Saturday morning, with a widespread light freeze on tap for Sunday morning. Highs on Saturday will hold in the upper 40s to low 50s. The trough is forecast to remain in place through much of next week, keeping temperatures below normal. Highs will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. A stronger shot of cold air is possible by mid-week with low temperatures possible by mid week. Lows will be in near the teens by Thursday morning.

Stay tuned to FOX 31 News on-air and online for updates on Friday's potential severe weather.

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