RIGHT NOW: What a fantastic afternoon across the area - here's a check of 6 PM ET temperatures out there. I hope you guys have a chance to take advantage of the 'extra' daylight!
Tonight, look for a mostly clear sky with overnight lows back in the 50s.
ANOTHER WARM DAY: If you liked the weather today, you'll like it for Tuesday as well - highs will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s with a lot of sunshine and dry conditions early during the day. Clouds will increase as we head through the afternoon hours, and a few showers can't be ruled out late in the evening - most of the rain will move in Tuesday night, however.
NEXT RAIN CHANCE / COOL DOWN: Tuesday night, rain will spread over the viewing area as our next system begins to affect the area. Look for showers at times through the overnight hours Tuesday night into Wednesday, and then another rain chance during the first part of the day Wednesday as a cold front moves through. We'll see temperatures making it into the upper 60s and lower 70s before the cold front arrives. I don't think we'll have any lightning or thunder to deal with, and no severe weather with this system.
The biggest change will be the colder temperatures behind it - look for highs in the 50s on Thursday with lows down in the 30s. Friday morning will again be very chilly with lows in the 30s - I think Columbus will stay above freezing, but keep in mind that low-lying spots across the area, along with our northern counties and normally colder spots, have the chance to be at or below freezing Thursday and Friday morning.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK: Moisture levels will be on the rise this weekend, which should mean more clouds than sunshine for us both on Saturday and Sunday. I've added rain coverage in the 20-30% range, but there is still model disagreement in the longer range, so we'll be watching how this forecast evolves closely. Highs should stay in the 60s with lows in the 40s.
WEATHER RADIO WEDNESDAY: Hope you can join us at our next event at the Walgreens in Phenix City off Crawford Road on March 6th! You can bring your weather radio that you've already purchased, or pick up one at the store for about $30! Don't forget three AA batteries, or pick up a pack at the store, and we'll make sure it is programmed and ready to go!
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX