Tracking Nicole: Gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall expected in Metro Atlanta

As of Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Nicole’s center of circulation is south of Orlando, but the rainbands extend as far as the Georgia coastline.

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Timing out the rain

These rainbands will move into Metro Atlanta later this afternoon, producing locally heavy downpours throughout the evening commute. Rain showers will be around again on Friday morning, and the last of Nicole’s rain will move out of Metro Atlanta on Friday evening.

Below is an hour-by-hour futurecast model showing the rainbands moving into Metro Atlanta.

Nicole will be swift as it moves through the state of Georgia, only producing about 1 to 3 inches of rainfall Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. Below is a futurecast model of the potential rainfall from Thursday afternoon into Friday evening.

Wind Advisory through Friday Evening

Winds will be blustery! Forecast wind gusts as high as 40 mph are expected this afternoon through the late evening hours. Winds will remain high through midday Friday as the core of Nicole moves through Metro Atlanta, but the winds will die down Friday night.

Below is an hour-by-hour futurecast model showing the highest wind gusts moving into Metro Atlanta. While widespread tree damage is not expected, the wind may knock down a few tree branches in the Metro Atlanta area, causing spotty power outages throughout the region.

Nicole will accelerate out of Georgia on Friday courtesy of a cold front pushing the system out of the region. This cold front will bring a significant punch of cold air to Metro Atlanta over the weekend! Morning lows on Sunday will land near the freezing mark.

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