RIGHT NOW: We continue to watch the rain come down on this Friday with some spots already picking up between 1 and 2 inches, with more on the way. Here's a look at the radar view around 7 PM ET showing the heavy rain:
Temperatures have stayed quite cool today, and we did set a record for such a cool high temperature for the date. Here's a look at 7 PM ET observations:
SATURDAY: Saturday will start off with a cloudy sky and scattered showers in the area. It won't be anything widespread like what folks have experienced on Friday, but there will be some rain in the area at least through noon, and then we'll keep the risk of some isolated showers with us through Saturday evening as well, especially on the Georgia side of the river. It will continue to be a cool and breezy day with wind gusts over 30 mph at times and highs in the upper 50s an lower 60s.
SUNDAY: Easter Sunday looks to be a lot better for us than the last few days. We'll start off in the upper 40s and low 50s, so the sunrise services might be a little chilly out there, along with a cloudy sky. In the afternoon, we'll forecast a partly cloudy sky and a high at 73. It does look like we'll stay dry, but we might have to increase the cloud-cover in subsequent forecasts - we'll keep an eye on it!
NEXT WEEK: Monday will be a great day for us with warm temperatures and a mostly sunny sky. Highs will top out in the upper 70s in most spots. Tuesday, we'll bring back the risk of showers and thunderstorms, and some of those storms might be on the strong side. Instability values look a little higher, but shear values look to be pretty low at this time. We'll watch this for any severe weather concerns, but these showers and storms should move through quickly and that will set the stage for a fantastic rest of the week - highs for Wednesday through Friday will be back in the upper 70s and low 80s (with maybe some mid 80s possible by Friday) with a mostly sunny sky. Overnight lows will be in the 50s.
WEATHER RADIO WEDNESDAY: Hope you can join us at our next event at the Publix off Macon Road in Columbus from 10 AM until 2 PM ET on April 23rd! 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