Rain chances on the rise this weekend in Middle Georgia


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – This weekend won’t be a complete washout, but widespread rain is likely on one of the two days.

Friday: High pressure over the southeast keeps the sky clear. Temperatures will climb into the low 60’s in Middle Georgia. Winds will come mainly from the southwest early and more so from the west during the afternoon at 5-10 mph.

Saturday: The high pressure system moves over the Atlantic Ocean. A low pressure system will start to develop with a warm front stretching across the southeast. Warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico will flow north. Cloud cover will increase throughout the day in Middle Georgia. High temperatures will be in the upper 60’s and low 70’s.

Sunday: The low pressure system will develop further as a cold front forms on the back end. This front will cause all the warm, moist air over the southeast to rise and condense, resulting in widespread showers and thunderstorms. Severe storms are not likely with this system (as of Friday morning), but some may be strong. It will be very windy as the cold front moves through Middle Georgia. Wind gusts could surpass 30 mph.

Following the cold front, another large ridge of high pressure will build up across the mid-west and east coast leading to more sunshine and cooler air flowing south.

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.