After the bitter cold that came in the wake of our first winter storm this past weekend, it now looks like a reversal of fortune is fast approaching. We could see temperatures a good 40 degrees warmer Thursday than they were on Saturday! Any snow north of Atlanta will sure to be gone by then.
Unfortunately another cold night is on the way with subfreezing temperatures across most, if not all, of north Georgia. There are many areas still dealing with ice and snow covered roads that will refreeze in the overnight hours as temperatures once again drop below freezing. This should be the last night this week, and possibly for a while, where temperatures this cold will develop.
As we head through the day on Tuesday our winds will start to swing more to the south, helping the high temperatures to jump into the 50’s. Much of the nation will be warming as well, as a large ridge of high pressure begins to establish itself across the eastern half of the country.
By Wednesday we are looking at highs in the 60’s, and by Thursday and Friday highs will climb to 70 or better. Not bad for a week that is starting out this cold.
Usually when you get such a spike in temperatures this time of the year, you can always count severe weather not being to far behind. This time though that is not the case. In fact apart from a few showers north on Wednesday, our next chance for showers won’t arrive until sometime on Sunday!
High pressure building in from the west will bring beautiful fall weather back to the Southeast.
SUNSHINE: Cloudy will continue tonight with partial clearing taking place toward sunrise. As the huge storm system that brought the severe weather moves northeast high pressure will build in from the west providing us with clearing skies by Thursday afternoon. A lack of moisture for the next 7-10 days will ensure lots of sunny days and clear nights.
TEMPERATURES: Another cool day is on the way for Thursday with highs in the 60s, but winds shifting to the southwest Friday will draw in warmer air. Highs on Friday will climb into the mid to upper 70s and will stay in the 70s through the following week. Cool nights are on the way with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s through Friday and then we will be looking at mid to upper 50s the remaining of the 7 day forecast.
TROPICS: Major Hurricane Gonzalo is currently on course to impact Bermuda by Friday as a Category 2 or 3 storm with winds over 100 mph. You can get all the latest at myfoxhurricane.com.
A stationary front draped across the Southeast combined with temperatures in the 80s will help to trigger showers and t-showers for the rest of the week.
TIMING: Showers and t-showers will develop primarily during the afternoon and evening hours. Large t-storm complexes that develop to our west may persist through the evening and eventually reach North Georgia in the overnight hours. The strongest weather though can be expected during the daytime hours with lightning, gusty winds and small hail the main threats. Expect this pattern to continue right through Sunday.
TEMPERATURES: Along with the showers we will see well above normal temperatures with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s. The warm temperatures will continue into Sunday with a gradual cool down through next week.
NEXT MONDAY & TUESDAY: A strong upper level impulse along with a cold front will move through late Monday and Tuesday. Although it is a long way out, if this storm system does eventually occur severe weather could be possible across much of the Southeast.
After what has been a very cold winter, and a cool start to spring we finally have warmer weather coming to north Georgia this upcoming week. We just have to get through the weekend! The windy conditions that have arrived this evening will continue overnight and through the day on Sunday. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 6am to 6pm Sunday.
Winds overnight tonight will range from 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 or higher. The winds will still be strong Sunday afternoon, so if you have outdoor plans be aware that the winds will be a factor.
As promised the warm air finally arrives by Monday and it appears that it will last for some time down the road. Highs will eventually get close to 80 by midweek with the next cold front arriving on Friday. Behind the front highs will only get knocked back into the low 70s by next weekend. Not bad after the all the cool weather that we have had so far this spring. Although you can’t rule out a rogue cool day or so over the next month I firmly believe that we are done with the cold weather this spring. Enjoy!!