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February 1, 2007

Albany -- The National Weather Service has canceled the winter storm warning for the north Georgia area, but we are watching the radar for possible thunderstorms that could be produced by an intense weather system that is heading this way from Alabama.

A warm front will set up across the Florida panhandle and Big Bend by this afternoon. Areas along and south of this front may see a few strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The main threat from any storms will be damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. The rain may be heavy at times with this system across much of the forecast area with amounts around an inch expected. Locally higher amounts are possible, especially with any stronger thunderstorms.

Parts of north Georgia were under a winter storm warning last night as freezing rain, sleet, and snow moved in, and even caused some problems here in Albany.  Delta Airlines canceled 200 flights last night and this morning, including two Albany flights. This morning's 6:15 flight out of Albany and the flight that was supposed to arrive in Albany at 10:16 AM have been canceled.

The passengers who were supposed to leave the Albany airport will be placed on other flights later today. Delta tried to reduce the number of planes that sit at Atlanta's airport overnight to try to reduce the number of planes that need de-icing.  

There is a Tornado Watch in effect for these counties:

Atkinson  Baker  Ben Hill  Berrien  Brooks  Charlton  Clinch  Colquitt  Cook  Decatur Dougherty  Echols  Grady  Irwin  Lanier  Lee  Lowndes  Miller  Mitchell  Seminole  Thomas Tift  Turner  Ware  Worth

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