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Morning rain leads to a windy day

So the morning commute could be a little complicated. But WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish says we won’t have to put up with the rain for much longer.

“The rain is not going to be lasting all day,” says Mellish.

Most of the rain held off yesterday also, staying to the south of the city. The National Weather Service has cancelled a flood watch for the area and replaced it with a wind advisory for Tuesday.

Forecast winds of 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

But the combination of heavy rain and high winds is not good for stuff sticking out of the soaked ground.

“Saturated soils and high winds will combine to down trees and power lines,” the Weather Service said in its advisory. “High winds will also make driving difficult for high profile vehicles.”

Mellish is calling for the rain to diminish in the morning, with just an isolated shower to follow in the afternoon. Highs should get near 60, with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

More than an inch of rain expected south of Macon. In fact, middle Georgia is approaching record territory. Macon had received 11.44 inches of rain February as of 8 p.m. Monday. 12.04 inches is the record for February which was set in 1929.

As for us in metro Atlanta, things get better from here.

Wednesday is setting up to be the nicest day of the week. Expect partly sunny skies with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid-30s.

But that’s when the cooler temperatures roll in.

Mellish is predicting highs near 50 on Thursday and then down into the mid-to-upper 40s for Friday through Sunday. Some spotty drizzle or snow flurries are not out of the question Saturday, but nothing to worry about at this point as there's only a 20-30% chance of measureable precipitation which is the same as a 70-80% chance of no measurable amount. Lows should dip into the upper 20s for the weekend.

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