Strong storms will silence the second half of the weekend

Big storms, big hail and even tornadoes are possible Sunday in North Georgia.

An important system of storms from the west is expected to reach Georgia at night, resulting in high winds and showers for the second half of the weekend.

The rain should begin around 7 or 8 in the morning and continue until the end of the afternoon or evening, said Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon.

Winds stronger than 60mph are possible as well as tornadoes and an inch or more of hail.

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"This energy will move in our direction on the night from Sunday morning to dawn," said Deon. "We will have heavy rains and the possibility of hail as well as tornadoes and strong, punishing winds early in the day."

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The storm is expected to lead to showers on Augusta, which could affect the final lap of the Masters.

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The rains could also affect the second day of the Atlanta Dogwood festival. As temperatures reach the mid-1970s, those who plan to go to Piedmont Park on Sunday should probably carry their umbrellas and ponchos.

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The good news is that dogwoods are in full bloom, which is rare because they do not always bloom at the annual Atlanta event.

Speaking of flowering trees, wet Sunday weather should provide welcome relief to those with allergies.

Saturday's pollen count reached 6,575 particles per cubic meter of air, which is considered "extremely high".

"The amount of pollen has increased," said Deon. "We need the rain to eliminate that."

Cobb County drivers must note that the Georgia Department of Transportation is resurfacing sections I-75 and I-285 this weekend.

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Crews will work along I-75 for 11 km, from the Chattahoochee River in Fulton County north of Allgood Road, and then along I-285 eastbound to the west of Chattahoochee River Bridge.

The project has caused significant delays on Saturday morning and is expected to continue until 5:30 am Monday.

The Braves host the New York Mets at SunTrust Park on Sunday night, and matchmaking may further complicate car travel on the Cobb highways.

If time permits, the first launch is scheduled at 19:08.

Although road works and the Major League Baseball may cause delays near Smyrna, construction is likely to block traffic in North Fulton, where the Ga. 400 meets I-285.

Two toll lanes on Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be blocked from I-285 to Lake Hearn Drive until 19:00. Sunday, according to the Ministry of Transport of Georgia. Traffic will also be effective for the Ga. 400 back and forth between Northridge Drive and Lenox Road from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sunday.

For a detailed forecast, visit the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Weather Page.

For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

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