March 20, 2013
A Spring Chill
Just hours away from Spring's March 20th 7:02 am arrival, chilly temps and clouds greet the new season. Although skies cleared behind Tuesday's cold front, clouds and mid-upper 40s return tonight.
As NW winds filter in slightly cooler air, temps will run about 10 degrees below average with highs mid 60s Wednesday. A weak disturbance brings a brief shot of light rain back for the afternoon. The atmosphere dries again allowing clouds to clear and temps into the upper 30s. Thursday a bit cooler and dry but not for long. Increasing clouds Thursday night in advance of yet another system bringing rain chances back Friday through the weekend. Heavy rain and t'storms likely Saturday and Sunday. Drier air returns early next week.
Looking back at Monday's severe storms, SGA escaped a widespread severe weather outbreak. Strong SW winds pushed very warm humid air in ahead of the approaching cold front which provided fuel for an active weather day. It was unseasonably warm as highs reached upper 70s low 80s. Albany's high Monday 80 and Valdosta 85. Numerous watches/warnings were issued however, storm reports were limited to hail and damaging winds in only a few areas. However heavy downpours left rain gauges with about 0.50 - 1.00".
This next system slated to impact the region Friday through the weekend brings the potential for a prolonged period of heavy rain. If this occurs, flooding will become an issue as soils remain saturated from previous rains and potentially river flooding next week. The upcoming weekend will definitely wash-out some early Easter outdoor plans.