A hazardous weather outlook and flood watch for most of Middle Georgia is expected to remain in effect into Wednesday.
A strong cold front is expected to push through the state with rain and scattered thundershowers also projected, according to the National Weather Service.
Some of the storms could be severe, with the potential for damaging winds, including isolated tornadoes, and heavy rains.
The highest risk of severe storms is ahead of the cold front, which is expected to move into western Georgia on Wednesday morning and into eastern Georgia by the afternoon.
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“After (Wednesday) afternoon, it should be out of the area and dissipated, depending on how quick that cold front gets here (Wednesday) morning,” Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Don Druitt said.
He said he was hopeful the threat would be gone by noon, though the flood watch is not set to expire until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The threat of severe storms -- including those with winds capable of producing an isolated tornado -- cannot be ruled out.
Houston County Emergency Management Agency Director Jimmy Williams noted that there was a zero percent chance of a tornado when an EF-1 with peak winds of 100 miles per hour touched down in the south end of the county Nov. 23.
A manufactured home on Pitts Road was lifted off its foundation, and part of its roof blew off with a family inside. No one was hurt.
Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected through Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The rain falling on an already saturated ground will cause significant rises in area creeks, streams and rivers.
A threat of isolated flash flooding is also possible due to fall vegetation and other debris clogging drainage systems, the National Weather Service reported.
Motorists traveling need to keep abreast of the weather, expect delays if storms develop, and keep in contact with families, Druitt said. The possibility of snow late Christmas Eve is zero, though flurries may develop in higher elevations in north Georgia, the National Weather Service says.
Early Tuesday, a short-lived storm that moved quickly through Houston County created a “wonderful light show” and quarter-inch hail in Perry, Williams said. Smaller-sized hail was reported in Warner Robins and other parts of the county.
Most other Middle Georgia counties reported overcast skies, rain or drizzle.
Telegraph writer Jennifer Burk contributed to this story. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.