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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/15/2008

Forecast: From Dry to Wet to Windy

By Jason Samenow

Talk about good timing: sandwiched between last night's rain and more rain tonight, much of today will be splendid. Tomorrow we dry out just in time for most of the daylight hours again, although it will be windy and a bit chilly.

TODAY

Partly sunny, near 60. Call it the calm between the storms. Weak high pressure will move in long enough to produce a good deal of sunshine, boosting temperatures to near 60 despite a cool breeze from the north.

Clouds increase during the evening hours with rain likely after about 7 or 8 p.m. About half an inch of rain will fall overnight with low temperatures in the upper 30s in the colder suburbs and low 40s downtown.

Keep reading for the forecast for Sunday and early next week...

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Flowers bloom in Glover Park. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.


SUNDAY

Rain ends early, then breezy and cool. 47-51. A bit of light rain may linger through mid morning, with some sunshine likely by noon. Temperatures will only rise modestly as strong winds from the northwest increase to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Winds die down overnight, with lows near freezing downtown and 25-30 in the colder suburbs.

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunny skies are a sure bet on Monday, with highs 50-55. A warm front is likely to bring a chance of showers on Tuesday (but not all day rain), with highs near 60. After the warm front passes, Wednesday should be pretty mild with highs well into the 60s. By Wednesday evening, a cold front may approach with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

By Jason Samenow  | March 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

Any guesses as to the magnitude of the tornado that hit Atlanta?

Posted by: Sara in Oakton | March 15, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

There should be a good estimate of strength today on the tornado... I'm sure teams are onsite or going now that the sun is up. CNN reporting 20 "flattened" homes and a collapses apartment building... don't know much about the city or the buildings, but would guess (and it's just a guess!) that it was an EF2 or EF3 (111-165mph) with lean towards EF3 based on early reports.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | March 15, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

New SPC outlook shows north Georgia primed for more tornadic activity today.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | March 15, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

AP article I just read said windows were blown out of CNN's building, as were the windows a near by hotel. That would definitely be a little unnerving sitting in a glass building as a tornado came through...

Posted by: arnoldkh | March 15, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

F2 Confirmed!

Posted by: Greg | March 15, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are simply a part of life from February to April in the Deep South....if you live down there you simply have to get used to it. The region, during the early spring, is in a prime clash zone between advancing warm, moist air from Gulf and cold, dry air from the northwest. In addition, they don't have the Appalachians like we do on the East Coast to cut off the dry slot from the southwest that often triggers intense squall lines.

Every spring, the media gets worked up over storms in the Deep South.....you would think that by now TV and the papers would be used to it, and stop making a big deal out of it. I'm not saying that the loss of life and property should be ignored (the suffering, of course, is real), but writing up the same stories every spring is not going to change anthing.....it is a fact of life.

Posted by: Mike | March 15, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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