WEATHER ALERT DAY: Snow accumulation is expected in the Columbus area

WEATHER ALERT DAY: Snow accumulation is expected in the Columbus area

Winter weather warning in effect:

Almost our entire area is under a Winter Weather Advisory this evening for most of Friday, and for some of us into early Saturday. The exception is Morgan County in the southeast, where a winter storm warning is in effect tonight through Saturday morning.

Quick weather forecast:

  • Tonight: Snow likely, low 22
  • Friday: Possibility of snow, wind at times, and maximum temperature of 25
  • Saturday: Early morning wind, breezy, cool, high temperature 18
  • Sunday: A cold start, clear skies, and maximum temperature of 24
  • Monday: Partly sunny, high 36

Discussing expectations:

Good Thursday night,


After a slightly colder day today with scattered very light snow showers, more snow is expected to return tonight. We will see snow accumulation tonight as we approach midnight, with light snow accumulations expected overnight with most areas dropping to less than 2 inches by daylight. Since temperatures tonight will be cold in the lower 20s, the snow will stick as it falls, and snowfall percentages will be a little higher resulting in fluffy snow.

On Friday, snow is expected to continue during the morning commute and through the day on Friday, with a little snow beginning to fall during the day. There will still be a few bands of snow showers until late afternoon. Snowfall totals will generally range from about 2-4 inches in our area, with some locations to the north and northwest closer to 3-5 inches. Temperatures on Friday will barely move into the mid 20s.

The only thing outside of the snow that could make travel more difficult on Friday is the fact that winds will be blowing in the teens during the day, and have the potential to blow around light fluffy snow. Furthermore, wind chills will remain in the teens for most of the day.

Friday night’s cold air will start to take effect as some light snow will stick around the area, early Saturday morning in flurries. Lows will drop into the upper single digits near 10 to start Saturday. Saturday will see some slowly clearing up, with breezy conditions and highs in the upper teens. Wind chills will start below zero on Saturday and reach the low single digits by the afternoon.

Sunday will see a cold start with a new snowpack and clear skies, which will lead to single-digit lows in the morning. Expect skies to be clear during the day with highs in the mid 20s. On Monday the clouds will start to increase a bit, and we will reach above freezing for the first time in over a week, moving back into the mid 30s.

Rain will return overnight Monday into Tuesday with temperatures reaching the lower 40s on Tuesday with rain expected. More rain is likely on Wednesday with highs in the middle 40s. Wet weather will continue Thursday as warmer air moves northward, with highs in the upper 40s.

-Dave

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