MILDER WEATHER RETURNS

As January draws to a close milder air will begin to arrive starting Thursday. Much of the southern half of the nation will see a significant warm up with temperatures locally climbing into the mid 50s! In the Mid-Atlantic states where they saw enormous snowfall totals a week ago, they will now see much of that melt as temperatures there rise into the 40s and eventually into the 50s this weekend. We have 60 degree readings to enjoy here both Saturday and Sunday.

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Shower chances are also in our future both later tonight (to the south and southeast),

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and on Monday out ahead of a stronger system that will be developing in Texas.

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As the storm system rapidly develops late Monday and Tuesday even warmer air will be drawn ou ahead of the storm pushing temperatures here well into the 60s to near 70.

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The bulk of the rain with the next, stronger system will arrive on Tuesday and into early Wednesday. With the warmer air in place a few t-storms may be possible.

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As the storm system pushes east, colder air will eventually move in from the northwest,

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eventually dropping our afternoon high temperatures across north Georgia into the 30s by next Friday.

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The cold air may stick around through the weekend of the February 6th & 7th, but conditions will be dry.

Weekend Weather

The weather pattern which was mostly up, in terms of temperatures, is now beginning to look more up and down as we head into the second week of the New Year. Temperatures this week have been very cold compared to the unseasonably warm weather that occupied much of December. Now it looks like a more normal type pattern will evolve at least for the next 7-10 days. This means periods of milder temperatures followed by brief cold snaps, and occasional rain. The first such transition begins Thursday with milder air returning to north Georgia.

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The mild air will stay with us through the weekend, but increasing moisture will bring rain our way as well. Look for a few showers early Friday, and then the next batch of rain will move in Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. This will be the most significant round of rain out of the two.

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Rain totals through the weekend won’t be that much, but with the saturated soil from all the rain in December look for most of the rain to quickly run off into the area streams and creeks. This will lead to rising streams and creeks with some minor flooding possible.

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By Sunday the rain will have moved to the east and dry weather will return by late morning and afternoon. Slightly cooler temperatures will follow with dry to stay with into the beginning of next week.

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