WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch issued for parts of the viewing area until 7 p.m.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

(WRDW/WAGT) -- A tornado watch has been issued for parts of the CSRA.

That watch has been issued until 7 p.m. for the following counties in Georgia: Baldwin; Burke; Columbia; Dodge; Elbert; Emanuel; Franklin; Glascock; Greene; Habersham; Hancock; Hart; Jefferson; Johnson; Laurens; Lincoln; Madison; McDuffie; Montgomery; Oglethorpe; Rabun; Richmond; Stephens; Taliaferro; Telfair; Toombs; Treutlen; Warren; Washington; Wheeler; Wilkes; Wilkinson.

And for the following counties in South Carolina: Abbeville; Aiken; Anderson; Bamberg; Barnwell; Calhoun; Cherokee; Chester; Edgefield; Fairfield; Greenville; Greenwood; Laurens; Lexington; McCormick; Newberry; Oconee; Orangeburg; Pickens; Richland; Saluda; Spartanburg; Union; York.

A strong cold front will bring rain and t-storms to the region with the possibility of isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail. Current timing brings the thunderstorms into Augusta after 2 p.m. Sunday.

A wind advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday for the western CSRA. Winds will be between 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph throughout the day.

A lake wind advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday for the central CSRA. Boating conditions will be hazardous on area lakes during this time frame.

An isolated shower is possible before noon on Sunday, but rain chances are low. Winds Sunday morning will be out of the southwest between 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.

Temperatures will warm to near 80 by the early afternoon and destabilize our atmosphere before the storms arrive ahead of the approaching front.

Storms are expected to enter the western CSRA between 1-3 PM and progress eastward through the rest of the CSRA as we head into Sunday evening. Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail will be possible across the region Sunday afternoon and early evening as storms move through. Storms and showers should clear the CSRA by midnight.

Skies will gradually clear as we head towards daybreak on Monday. Much cooler and less humid air will move in behind the front. Highs on Monday are expected to be in the upper 60s and low 70s. Winds will stay breezy Monday between 15-20 mph.

Dry conditions will persist through Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs both of these days will be in the upper 70s to low 80s.

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