Incoming front rises rain chances heading into the weekend

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After a mostly dry week across Middle Georgia, rain chances will rise heading into the weekend as a stalled front starts moving again.

Friday, however, will still be warm and dry. Temperatures in the afternoon will likely climb into the upper 70’s and low 80’s in Middle Georgia. The day will start with some sunshine, and clouds will form in the afternoon. Sky conditions will be partly cloudy at worst. Rain chances will be minimal as isolated showers should stay in west Georgia.

The forecast for Saturday will be very similar to Friday, though a slight chance of rain will be introduced in the late afternoon through evening hours.

Sunday, the frontal system that has been stationary across the western-southeast states will start to shift east. As it does so, rain chances will increase. Scattered showers and some thunderstorms are possible across Middle Georgia.

Friday morning, the Storm Prediction Center placed a small section of Middle Georgia under a marginal risk for severe weather. Northwest Monroe, Crawford and Taylor county may be affected by a storm that could turn severe.

The storm threats heading into Sunday will mainly be heavy rain (totals could range from 0.25-1.00 inch) and gusty winds, but an isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out of the forecast.

Along with the rain, comes a blast of cooler air. High temperatures will drop from the 80’s on Saturday into the low 70’s by Monday and dip into the 60’s Tuesday. Tuesday also looks to be one of the sunnier days of the week, before clouds build back in mid-week.

Connect with Meteorologist Kristen Kennedy on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates throughout the day. You can also watch her forecasts Monday through Friday on 41NBC News at Daybreak (5-7 a.m.) and 41Today (11 a.m.).

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.