Sunshine to follow mid-week rain in Middle Georgia

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Before we can enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, we have to endure even more rain Wednesday and Thursday.

A warm front is currently moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico. This frontal system is causing a steady stream of tropical moisture to flow across the southeast. As the warm front moves closer to Middle Georgia, it will create some instability in the atmosphere, and isolated showers will form throughout the day Wednesday.

Middle Georgia’s best chance for rain, however, will occur on Thursday. A cold front will push from west to east, and as it does so, rain chances across the southeast will rise. Thursday will start with light, scattered rain showers. A heavier line of precipitation will enter Middle Georgia during the late afternoon hours.

This set-up mimics recent weather patterns which have resulted in a line of precipitation breaking apart as it moved through Middle Georgia. If it doesn’t hold together, scattered showers/storms are still possible. Nonetheless, periods of heavy rainfall can be expected as the cold front moves closer to the state of Georgia.

There is a small chance for isolated severe storms Thursday, though that threat is more centralized in North Georgia. Gusty winds and heavy rainfall will be the main impacts in Middle Georgia. Rain totals will range from about 0.25-0.50 inch through Friday morning.

Heading into Friday, a large ridge of high pressure will set up over the mid-west. Winds will shift from the southwest to the northwest as cooler and drier air flows south. Clouds will clear out just in time for the weekend!

As cooler air surges southward, temperatures will drop. The average high temperature in Macon is about 66 degrees in early March. Temperatures throughout the weekend and early next week will struggle to top out at 66.

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.