Batten down the hatches, Georgia weather is shifting once again.

The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms and gusty winds moving into the area starting after 3 p.m. and the likelihood of rain accumulating at least an inch heading into Wednesday.

The forecast from Peachtree City has the chances for showers and thunderstorms above 80 percent heading into the afternoon and evening hours, with temps staying in the 60s overnight and more rainfall before 4 a.m. likely.

A hazardous weather outlook posted this afternoon shows the potential for strong to severe storms to push through North and Central Georgia starting this afternoon and moving into tonight, with some storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts, brief tornadoes, and frequent lightning.

The additional threat of flash flooding is also possible in localized areas that receive heavy rainfall in storms. Polk County hasn’t been included, but a flood watch is in effect for west and central Georgia.

Wet weather is expected to stick around through Wednesday morning and into the afternoon hours before a cold front blows it out of the area, and expect temperatures to drop from a high of 70 for the midweek down to 42 overnight.

More winter-like temperatures return with sunshine on Thursday, with a high of 58 and a low of 33 expected. Temps are expected to remain in the 50s range as highs heading into the weekend, and lows down into the 30s overnight.

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