Severe storms possible in Middle Georgia this weekend

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Severe weather will be possible across Middle Georgia this weekend as a cold front stretches into the southeast.

A complex of storms will likely produce the most severe weather Friday across Kentucky and Tennessee. As the system moves southeast, there’s a good chance it will start to fizzle out but may still produce some strong/severe storms in North Georgia.

Middle Georgia has no risk of severe weather Friday night. If anything, general, non-threatening thunderstorms may occur.

Saturday, however, poses a different situation for Middle Georgia.

The approaching cold front, surges of energy in the atmosphere and additional energy produced from the sun during the daytime could result in scattered severe storms across Middle Georgia.

The timing would mainly be in the afternoon through overnight hours.

Any storms that turn severe will threaten damaging winds (30-60 mph), hail, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall. The tornado threat remains very low.

Isolated severe storms will also be possible across Middle Georgia Sunday afternoon.

Make sure you have a way to get severe weather warnings this weekend.

If you haven’t done so already, download the FREE 41First Alert Storm Team App in the Google Play and App Store. Save your location and turn on weather alerts to receive notifications about warnings in your area.

Those of you with NOAA weather radios will also need to make sure your radio is turned on and has fresh batteries.

The 41First Alert Storm Team will be closely monitoring the weather this weekend and bringing you updates as storms turn severe.

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.