FIRST ALERT: Colder the next few days - Watching the weekend

FIRST ALERT: Colder the next few days - Watching the weekend

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -First Alert Forecast: A shot of cold air will be felt across the Midlands this week - Watching the weekend for a powerful storm that could bring heavy rain, wind and some sleet to the Midlands

Weather Headlines:

- Chilly and dry through Friday with highs in the low 50s and sunny skies

- First Alert Saturday through Monday for periods of heavy rain, gusty winds and can’t rule out a few hours of some sleet mixed in

- We need to closely pay attention to this storm as we head through the week

- Rainfall totals 2-4 inches

- Max wind gusts to 45 MPH not out of the question

High pressure will be in control of our weather the next few days as we’re expecting dry and sunny conditions but high temperatures only in the low 50s through Friday. We’ll also be dealing with some cold mornings as well. Expect morning temperatures in the 20s and 30s through the weekend. Make sure you keep the heavy jacket handy through the week!

The big story is the weekend. All eyes are watching for development of a powerful low pressure system that will move from the west coast down into the Gulf coast by Friday and through much of the SE US over the weekend and eventually off the SE Coast by Monday. This will give us another weekend of widespread rain which we could see totals of 2″-4″ by Monday evening.

The high pressure that will bring the sunshine this week will actually move north and push down even colder air as we head into the weekend. This gives us well below normal temperatures with highs only in the 40s and with the rain comes gusty winds too. Wind gusts could exceed 40MPH at times through the weekend which will allow for wind chill temps to drop into the mid 30s.

With a push of even colder air Sunday night into Monday as the storm center starts to move offshore, we’ll have to watch for the risk of a few hours of sleet mixing in with the cold rain. At this point, we’re not worried about snow or sleet accumulation but it’s something we will continue to monitor.

If you want to see wintry accumulation, your best bet is to travel north to the Upstate or in areas of North Carolina. This is a changing forecast and will have a better handle on the timing and precipitation type and totals as we move through the week. Keep in mind, this storm is still in the Pacific Ocean!

Forecast:

Tonight: Just a few passing clouds with temps falling into the 30s

Wednesday: Sunshine with highs in the low 50s

Thursday: Sunny again with high temps in the low 50s

Friday: Increasing clouds. Highs middle 50s

Weekend: Watching a storm that could bring the Midlands heavy rain, gusty winds and periods of sleet


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