MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – Colder and drier conditions will begin Wednesday across Middle Georgia; stay at the weekend.
We had some beautiful sunrises to start our Wednesday around Middle Georgia. Conditions were in the low to mid 40s, or an average of about 5 degrees cooler than yesterday morning across the region. It will also be cooler during the day, with highs only reaching the mid-to-upper 50s. The north-west wind with a speed of 6-13 meters per second and gusts of up to 20 meters per hour will add to the atmosphere of additional richness. At the same time, in the afternoon and evening, the clouds will thicken a little. Although a cold front moved through Middle Georgia last night, the overall storm system is weak, disorganized and messy. More disorganized systems often take longer to clean up. However, no rain is expected today, despite the additional cloud cover.
We’ll see the heaviest clouds tonight: until midnight, that is. After midnight, clouds will decrease rapidly from the northwest to the southeast by Thursday morning. That will allow the remnants of Wednesday’s afternoon heat to leave by sunrise, dropping to lows in the mid to upper 30s. Winds will continue to blow out of the northwest with gusts up to 20 mph, so many areas of Middle Georgia could experience temperatures as low as freezing or below this Thursday.
Sunny skies will return to Middle Georgia on Thursday. Despite this, our Thursday afternoon will turn cooler again. Highs will be in the low to mid 50s, and even if the winds aren’t quite as gusty, the northwesterly flow will continue to cause wind chills a degree or two below the actual temperature. A couple of cirrus clouds may pass through the region during the day, but that should be it.
Tomorrow night will be clear and cold in Middle Georgia. Northwest winds will continue to pick up at 5-10 mph, and even with gusts up to 15 mph, Friday morning will be downright bitter. Record lows are likely to lead into Friday morning, when temperatures will drop into the low 20s. Winds will likely be in the mid to upper 20s across much of the region.
On Friday, the polar vortex will begin to strengthen over eastern Canada. Despite this, it will warm up a bit in the afternoon in Central Georgia. Local systems in the southeastern US will be responsible for some warming over the weekend. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s, with overnight lows in the low 30s (many below freezing).
Saturday will be a bit warmer as temperatures climb into the 60s in parts of Middle Georgia. In the morning, especially in the southern half of the region, it will be sunny with increasing cloudiness. A couple of showers are possible at night and in the southern half of the region, and although it will be cold, we will NOT even think about winter weather. The probability of showers is also low. Low temperatures will range from the mid 30s (northern half) to the low 40s (southern half).
Sunday will see highs in the low to mid 50s under sunny skies, with overnight lows dropping into the mid to low 20s under clear skies.
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