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Damage reported as storm moves through area

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The Gordon County Sheriff's Office reports that numerous homes have been damaged in the storm. The Gordon County Sheriff's Office reports that numerous homes have been damaged in the storm.
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A strong storm system moved through the area on Tuesday, causing some damage and ushering in a night of cold temperatures.

6:55 P.M. UPDATE -- The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been cancelled in all Georgia counties as the storm system has moved into South Carolina. A Winter Weather Advisory and a Wind Advisory remain in effect as the cold front begins to take shape. CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CURRENT WATCHES/WARNINGS

6:25 P.M. UPDATE -- As the rain continues to move out of the area, the FOX 5 Storm Team says get ready for the cold air. Some areas in the north Georgia mountains could even see snow overnight, according to FOx 5 Storm Team meteorologist Jeff Hill.

5:50 P.M. UPDATE -- FOX 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist said that the storm system continues to move east around 50 to 60 mph. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been cancelled for several metro Atlanta counties. 

The Gordon County Sheriff's Office reports that numerous homes have been damaged in the storm. Trees have been reported down on homes and garages after the storm rolled into the area between 3:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. 

It appeared that hardest-hit area reported so far was near Calhoun, Ga.

5:30 P.M. UPDATE -- The Gordon County Sheriff's Office said that there is some storm damage on Highway 53 near Blackwood Place.

4:50 P.M. UPDATE -- Severe thunderstorm watch CANCELLED for Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Bartow, Carroll, Paulding, Polk, Haralson and Heard. The watch remains in effect for most of the metro area until 9 p.m.

4:40 P.M. UPDATE -- There is now a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Paulding, Troup, Coweta, Fayette and Meriwether, Heard counties until 5 p.m.

4:35 P.M. UPDATE -- The Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Gilmer, Fannin, Lumpkin Towns, Union and White has been cancelled.

4:30 P.M. UPDATE -- Atlanta Public Schools has announced that all athletic events and practice for today have been cancelled due to the expected inclement weather.

4:15 P.M. UPDATE -- A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Haralson, Polk, Paulding and Randolph Counties until 4:45 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for most of the metro area.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

You might have seen blue skies and felt warmer temps this morning, but your weather will be much different by the time the evening commute rolls around.  The Storm Prediction Center has updated the severe weather threat for today, and it now includes most of metro Atlanta.

FOX 5 Storm Team meteorologist Joanne Feldman says the change in the prediction is to account for possibly-damaging wind gusts that could accompany stories in north Georgia later today.  She says temperatures will climb into the 60s today, but the warmer it gets, the more unstable the atmosphere becomes -- thus increasing the threat of storms.

Feldman says the biggest threat for damaging weather will come between about 3 p.m. and the early evening hours.  Most areas will see lots of rain, along with the threat of potentially severe storms.

Light rain started falling in far northwest Georgia early this morning, and more had developed to the north by noon.  Areas to the south won't see much in terms of rain until about 3-4 p.m., Feldman says.

Things should wind down rather quickly tonight, and areas to the west should begin drying out by about 6 p.m.  By around 8 p.m., Feldman says the showers and storms will have pushed east into South Carolina.

After the rain, some spots in the mountains may see some measurable snow as we move into Wednesday.  Feldman says a dusting to .5" is likely in higher elevations.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. tonight until 1 p.m. Wednesday for the north Georgia mountains in anticipation of possible winter weather.

Wednesday will be cold and windy for everyone, but never fear: we'll see warmer weather by the weekend.

Stay with the FOX 5 Storm Team for details on this developing weather situation, and follow us on Twitter @FOX5StormTeam for the latest updates!


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