Update: The National Weather Service has now placed Polk and surrounding counties under a tornado watch as of 11 a.m. The watch will end at 5 p.m.

Please take precautions as a severe weather system pushes into the area from northeast Alabama.

Check back for more updates as they become available.

Previously posted:

The National Weather Service is placing Polk County under a wind advisory as severe weather is heading this way.

Forecasters in Peachtree City placed Polk County and others surrounding under a wind advisory starting at 11 a.m. as weather moves into the area.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to start this morning and continue through the rest of the day, with 100% chance of rain and at least a half inch of accumulation possible, with three quarters of an inch possible depending on how heavy the rainfall is during storms.

There’s an additional potential for wind gusts up to 35 mph. If possible, please secure loose items outdoors that might blow away in high winds.

Temperatures are expected to reach 67 today, then drop down overnight to 35.

Late night winds could gust as high as 30 mph as the wind advisory lasts through 11 p.m.

Expect at least another tenth of an inch of rain overnight, and moving into Friday morning there’s the potential for sprinkles and flurries to linger before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy skies are expected as the front moves through, with a high of 43 for the day as storms move out, but windy conditions are expected to persist.

Look for more seasonal winter temps to return during the weekend, and temps into the upper 50s for MLK Day.

Check back for weather updates as needed throughout the day.

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