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    A tornado watch for metro Atlanta expired at 2 p.m., with storms moving to Georgia’s eastern counties.  Earlier in the day, tornado warnings were issued for residents in Gwinnett, Henry and Spalding counties.  There were also a number of severe thunderstorm warnings that were issued as well.   WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish says there’s expected to actually be some periods of sun, before some later afternoon isolated showers and storms re-develop.     Meanwhile, Sunday’s final round of The Masters in Augusta was moved up to try to stay ahead of the rain that was moving into that  region of Georgia by mid-afternoon.   Listen to WSB Radio for updates, and downlowd the WSB Radio app for continued latest information. 
  • Even though no heavy amounts are expected (even the ‘worst-case scenario’ which is NOT being forecast, is 2-3 inches), the temperature drop expected with and immediately after any snow means there can be impacts on roads for adverse travel in at least parts of the Metro.
  • The Atlanta office of the National Weather Service on Sunday afternoon issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of north Georgia.  It runs from 1 a.m. to noon on Monday.  Forecasters say portions of NW Ga. are expected to get light freezing rain.  The NWS says total ice accumulations of less than one-tenth of an inch are expected.              Listen to WSB Radio for updates.  And keep checking wsbradio.com for blog updates from WSB’s Kirk Mellish.   
  • Our listeners have always told us that the #1 thing they want from News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB is current updates and warnings on severe weather.   Meteorologist Kirk Mellish gets on the air frequently when there’s a Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Warning…with updates every 10 minutes or so.   But, short of Kirk staying on constantly to continue the coverage for a particular county, our listeners needed a way to know—as soon as they turned on WSB—that there was severe weather in the area.    That is what the Weather Alert Tone is all about.    The tone is meant to ‘alert’ a new  listener to stay for the next Stormcenter Update---because that storm could be bearing down on their home or office. For instance, this morning in the 8am hour, a storm caused down trees and power lines, and damage in Rome and Bartow County.   If you were listening to WSB in Fayette, Fulton, or Gwinnett County, you may have been annoyed by the Alert Tones and the ‘break-ins’ for special reports on warnings in Bartow County.    But, the listeners in Bartow County—many of whom were in transit—needed ‘word’ as soon as possible. We all get upset when a TV station shrinks the screen to put weather warnings crawling along the bottom of the broadcast… but, typically NOT when the crawl at the bottom warns us about a damaging storm headed to our county.  Consider the Weather Alert Tone the radio analogy to the TV ‘crawl’.     It’s an alert for someone just joining Atlanta’s News, Weather and Traffic Station that there’s an active severe weather alert in our area, and to stay tuned for the complete details from The WSB Stormcenter.     It could be a needed warning to you and your family someday… depend on it…
  • ATLANTA, Ga. —  A soggy Labor Day is in store for north Georgia and metro Atlanta. Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz expects partly cloudy skies overnight and into Monday. Another round of scattered showers and storms will move in by the afternoon, he said. Scattered showers and storms began popping up across the northern suburbs Sunday afternoon, while torrential rains earlier in the day prompted a flash flood warning for Gilmer County. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties.  A significant weather advisory for frequent lightning was also issued for several counties, including Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Clayton, Rockdale, Barrow, Walton, Douglas, Paulding, Polk and Haralson. Gilmer County was under a flash flood warning after an estimated four to five inches of rain fell Sunday morning. The wet conditions made a mess of traffic on metro interstates and caused flight delays at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. At 3:15 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration reported delays of 45 minutes to an hour for departing flights and delays of 30 to 45 minutes for flights bound for Atlanta.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center has issued a rare high risk advisory for severe weather a day in advance, saying an area from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to Wichita, Kansas City and into Omaha may see large, violent, long-lasting tornadoes on SaturdayMeteorologist Kirk Mellish says this is unusual, but we may be seeing more of this in the future.'We usually see only a couple of high risk days a year for a day one forecast, so a high risk for day two is very rare.  Part of it is the intent to heighten awareness early so people can't complain it struck without warning,' says Mellish, 'but I think it will become more common.  It reflects the greater confidence forecasters have as the track record shows a high accuracy for severe weather outlooks.
  • Local law enforcement officials report a tornado was located about five miles southwest of Harvest, Alabama and nine miles north of Madison, Alabama at approximately 9:25 CST this morning.  The tornado was, at that time, moving northeast at 45 miles an hour.Emergency management of Limestone County Alabama also reported tornado damage to houses between Athens and East Limestone County High School.  A Tornado Watch is in effect until 3:00 p.m. for the Georgia counties of Dade, Walker,Catoosa, Whitfield and Chattooga.