ATLANTA (AP) Powerful thunderstorms are possible over parts of Georgia late on Christmas Day into Wednesday, bringing the threat of some tornadoes, forecasters say.
The National Weather Service predicts that a strong storm system developing over the lower Mississippi Valley on Christmas Day will bring widespread rain to the state.
In Georgia, forecasters say the main concerns could be isolated tornadoes and strong, damaging winds of more than 60 mph.
Vaughn Smith, a forecaster at the weather service's office in Peachtree City, said a large front would be developing over Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.
``So we're going to start to see some Thunderstorms around the area probably Tuesday afternoon, but the strongest ones will be moving through Tuesday night through Wednesday,'' Smith said.
Some snow is also possible across the north Georgia mountains.
``We're going to be pulling in some colder temperatures Wednesday evening,'' Smith said. ``With those colder temperatures and the moisture, if anything comes out of the clouds, it's more than likely going to be some snow in the mountains.''
In Alabama, the southwest part of the state will be at a substantial risk of severe weather on Christmas Day, according to the weather service's office in Mobile. The Alabama storms could produce hail and tornadoes.