Enjoy the pretty fall weather today: Tropical storm Karen is likely headed to Northeast Georgia later this weekend with rain and cooler temperatures.
The precipitation isn’t predicted to last long, as Karen is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by the time it reaches Hall County on Sunday, said Adam Baker, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Stronger winds won’t come until about 8 a.m. Monday, he said.
“But as the storm is weakening, due to it interacting with a cold front coming in from the west, you’re really only looking at around 10-to-15 mph sustained winds and gusts up to about 20 mph,” Baker said.
Stronger winds and heavier amounts of rainfall are forecasted in the central and southwest regions of Georgia.
However, Baker warned of a slight chance of an isolated tornado as the system moves through. Additionally, there’s the chance the intensity could change once the storm hits land.
Rain totals are estimated at “just about an inch to an inch and a quarter,” he said, adding that “primarily, we are looking at rainfall and some gusty winds, but (it’s) not looking to be as bad as what some previous forecasts(indicated).”
The first part of the weekend temperatures will be reaching the mid to upper 80s. By Sunday and into Monday, however, temperatures will “be struggling to even get near 80,” said Baker, adding that it “should be pretty pleasant after this system moves through. You’ll get some pretty good dry air and cooler temps behind it.”
Karen is predicted to clear out by Monday evening, followed by drier weather.
In the meantime, Baker urged individuals to monitor the forecast, as conditions can often change quickly once a tropical storm has made landfall.
“There’s still some uncertainty, and we do get these updates multiple times a day,” he said, “because the system could get better organized in the northern (Gulf of Mexico) and that would have some intensity changes to the forecast.”