Storm chances ease until the weekend

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Storm chances have eased up a touch in South Georgia but forecasters are keeping a wary eye on a tropical disturbance threatening to enter the Gulf of Mexico. Rain chances for Valdosta are expected to drop from 50% Tuesday to as low as 10% late Friday, consistent with the National Weather Service forecast. A high-pressure system occupation is drying things out a touch, said Parks Camp, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Tallahassee, Fla., office. “Overall, (Valdosta) can expect to urge but half an in. of rain,” except in isolated spots that would rise up to an in. , he said.

High temperatures are expected to run from 93-95 degrees through the workweek, about 2-3 degrees above normal, said Dave Bowers, a meteorologist for the private forecasting firm AccuWeather. Lows within the dark are expected to be in the low 70s. During the weekend, heavier rain across the region might be spurred by a tropical depression that was located 105 miles southeast of Puerto Rico Tuesday, Bowers said. Depression was expected to become Tropical Storm Fred late Tuesday. “Storm tracks show Fred within the eastern Gulf of Mexico by late Sunday,” he said.

Both forecasters said heavy rain could bear from the storm system into South Georgia. Neither meteorologist expected widespread severe weather in South Georgia in the week, though Bowers said slight chances of gusty winds, flooding, and even an isolated tornado couldn’t be ruled out Sunday and Monday thanks to the developing tropical storm. Terry Richards is a senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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