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FIRST ALERT: Tracking the tropics and rain/storms for your Memorial Day Weekend

  • Alert Days are posted for your Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
  • We're tracking potential tropical moisture moving into the area by the weekend from an area of low pressure in the tropics (Invest 90-L).
  • The low could strengthen into a subtropical or tropical system over the next few days.
  • While there is still some uncertainty where the low will track, we will still see tropical downpours here in the Midlands for the holiday.
  • In fact, we'll see heavy rain and possible flooding here.
  • Ahead of the holiday weekend, we'll be tracking a chance of scattered rain and storms every day this week, mainly each afternoon and evening.
  • Once we lose the heating of the day, a lot of the rain will dissipate.
  • It will be warm and muggy this week with highs in the mid and upper 80s.

Alert Days are posted for your Memorial Day Weekend.  Your WIS First Alert Weather Team is keeping an eye on an area of low pressure in the tropics that could bring tropical moisture into our area just in time for the holiday weekend.

But first, as we move through your Tuesday night, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies. A few showers or storms are possible early, but once we lose the heating of the day, a lot of the showers will dissipate.  Areas of patchy fog are possible late tonight into your Wednesday morning. Low temperatures will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

On your Wednesday, keep your umbrella nearby. We will see more scattered rain and storms, mainly by afternoon and evening. Rain chances are around 50 percent. Otherwise, we'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Highs will be in the mid 80s.  

Our rainy pattern will stick around into Thursday and Friday.  No day will be a washout.  Still, keep your rain gear around.  Highs will be in the mid 80s.

Then, all eyes will be on the tropics as we move through the holiday weekend.  Our forecast models are calling for an area of low pressure in the western Caribbean to move north toward the Gulf of Mexico over the next couple of days.  Right now, the low has a decent chance of strengthening into a tropical system over the next five days. But here's the deal.  Whether or not the low strengthens and is named, we will still see some tropical moisture moving into the Midlands by your Memorial Day Weekend.  That moisture could produce tropical downpours and some localized flooding, which could put a damper on some of your holiday plans. Highest rain chances move in Sunday and Monday.  So, heads up!  Saturday, Sunday and Monday are Alert Days!  We do not expect a washout this weekend right now! Do not cancel any of your plans.  Just stay with us for constant updates.  Highs will be in the low and mid 80s. 

We'll likely see more rain and storms next Tuesday with highs in the mid 80s.

POLLEN (Grasses, Hickory, Oak):

Wednesday: Low to Moderate

Thursday: Low to Moderate

Friday: Low to Moderate

Tonight: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Areas of Fog. Chance of Rain Early (20-30%). Mild and Muggy. Lows in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Winds: S 5 mph.

Wednesday: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Showers and Storms (40-50%). Warm and Muggy. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Showers and Storms (50%). Warm and Muggy. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: E 5-10 mph.

WIS First Alert Chief Meteorologist Dominic Brown

5-Day Forecast: Columbia

Wednesday
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Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Showers/Storms (50%)

Thursday
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Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (50%)

Friday
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Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (40%)

Saturday
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Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms Possible (40%)

Sunday
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Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (60%)

Currently in Columbia as of

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  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: SW @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.06 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:17:26 am
  • Sunset: 08:24:11 pm
  • Humidity: 90
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

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