RIGHT NOW: It's a wet one out there as we speak in many locations across the Valley. Here's a look at a soggy Columbus through the ALFA skycam at St. Francis Hospital:
Temperatures will continue dropping through this evening, and will continue dropping through the day Thursday. We will likely reach our high tomorrow just after midnight and our low tomorrow just before midnight Friday. Our 'wake up' temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s over the area.
THURSDAY WINTER WEATHER: Winter storm watches are in effect for parts of north Alabama and Georgia including some of our East Alabama counties (Tallapoosa, Randolph, and Chambers Counties). I am honestly a bit surprised those counties are included in the watch - our forecast is for a mix of rain and snow in those areas, with no accumulation. Here's our projections:
Most of the area will just see a cold rain as this upper level low moves through. I know a lot of you may be thinking that it is too warm for snow, but this system will bring cold air with it through a dynamic cooling process from the top down. A system like this always has surprises, including a strip of heavier snow along the track of the low, but at this point we don't anticipate that to happen around here. We'll be keeping a close eye on things, however!
WEEKEND WEATHER: Our weekend forecast looks great, and it will be a long weekend for some of you because of the MLK Jr. Holiday - lots of sunshine Friday through Monday with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Definitely a return to 'winter' temperatures!
NEXT WEEK: We should see another blast of cooler air - perhaps the coolest so far this season - in the Tuesday/Wednesday time-frame next week. Computer models are still all over the place on just how cold it will be, but at this point, I'm continuing our earlier forecast for highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. No winter weather will accompany this cold blast, and skies should remain sunny. I would expect the wind to be a factor during this time, however, so it will make it feel colder.
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX