Colder air moves into Middle Georgia today, widespread rain arrives tonight

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Our mild and mostly dry weather this week in Middle Georgia will come to an end this afternoon. While widespread rain arrives tonight, colder air moves in throughout the day.

A high pressure system over the northeast is creating what’s called a “wedge front,” which is basically just colder air flowing down the east coast.

This front will effect Middle Georgia’s weather by dropping afternoon highs ten degrees compared to Wednesday (mid-70’s to mid-60’s).

At the same time that cooler air is moving southward, a low pressure system will be spinning up a whole lot of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

A warm front will stretch into Georgia, transporting moisture across the state.

Both air masses – the cooler air from north and warmer air from south – will meet, causing air to rise and condense, leading to precipitation.

Isolated, light rain showers will arrive in Middle Georgia around 5 p.m. By 8 p.m, the rainfall should become more widespread and a little heavier.

Widespread rainfall will extend from Thursday night through Friday morning. Scattered rain will continue through Friday afternoon as wrap around moisture from this low pressure system persists across the southeast.

Rain chances will drop significantly heading into the weekend. An isolated shower or two may occur on Saturday and/or Sunday, but overall, it will be mostly dry.

Temperatures are forecast to stay in the mid-60’s to near 70 by Halloween – which as of this morning – shouldn’t feature any rain for trick-or-treating.

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.