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First Alert Forecast: Tracking more wintry weather for late this week

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Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 7:24 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 11:53 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Another system could bring a wintry mix to the area later this week or this weekend.

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First Alert Weather Headlines:

· Sunny skies and warmer temps in the low 50s. Less wind today too!

· Mild weather is expected Wednesday with highs reaching the low 60s. Expect partly cloudy skies.

· Showers will continue into your Thursday as the cold front drop through the Midlands. Rain chances are around 60%. High temperatures will be in the mid 50s.

· FIRST ALERT Day for Friday as a wintry mix is showing up in our models.

· Right now, we have a 60% chance of a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow in your forecast for Friday.

· There’s a light snow chance, just a dusting, for Friday night into Saturday morning.

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First Alert Weather Story:

Today we have plenty of sunshine as high pressure sits over the Carolinas today. Highs are in the low 50s.

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We have partly cloudy skies Wednesday and it’s even warmer. Highs reach the low 60s.

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A cold front arrives Thursday and gives us a 60% chance of rain. Lows are in the low 40s and highs reach the mid 50s. Skies are cloudy. Rainfall amounts are around 0.25″.

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Heads up! We’re tracking a chance for more wintry weather in the Midlands Friday and possibly into Saturday.

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Our forecast models are more on track with a freezing rain/sleet/rain and light snow event. A FIRST ALERT DAY is issued for Friday and Friday night.

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At this time, we believe that something could happen here by Friday into Saturday, but it doesn’t look like a classic setup to see all snow here in the Midlands.

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So, on Friday, with a cold air mass in place, we’ll likely see rain changeover to a wintry mix of sleet, rain and potential snow through the day. The European model is a bit more aggressive with bringing wintry weather and the GFS (American) model is agreeing more with it than yesterday. It’s something worth watching though through the week. Right now, the chance for a wintry mix is at 60%.

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The models are also hinting at some of the moisture lingering into Saturday. If that’s the case, we could have some wintry weather or moisture sticking around into Saturday morning at least. Right now, that chance is 20%, but it could go up. So, stay tuned.

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High temperatures will be in the 30s on Friday, then in the low 40s by Saturday.

Stay with your WIS First Alert Weather Team for constant weather updates.

Today: Sunny & Cool. Highs in the lower 50s.

Wednesday: Partly Cloudy and Cool. Highs in the low 60s.

Thursday: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Showers (60%). Highs in the mid 50s.

Friday: Mostly Cloudy. Wintry Mix Possible (60%). Much Colder. Highs in the mid to upper 30s.

Saturday: Partly Cloudy. Few AM Flurries (30%). Cold. Highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Sunday: Partly Cloudy. Cold. High temperatures in the mid 40s.

Monday: Mostly Sunny and Chilly. Highs in the upper 40s.

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