Wednesday Afternoon Discussion 4:36 PM

We received a report of rain mixing with sleet over Sumter County this afternoon. The actual report was around 3:10 p.m. near the town of Sumterville. Colder air continues to pour into the area and we will drop below freezing tonight. The precipitation is slowly departing and we will continue to deal with a cloudy sky throughout the evening hours. Rainfall totals for today have been in the quarter inch range. Some clearing will take place after midnight, with lows tonight dropping into the upper 20s. Tomorrow the sky will be sunny, with highs recovering into the low 50s. We will have a west to northwest wind tomorrow and then the wind direction will become northerly, with another intrusion of cold air on Friday. We will get a taste of polar air on Friday, with highs only reaching the 40s.

Bright weather will be the story for Saturday and after a frigid start temperatures will make a nice recovery into the 50s. All eyes today are on the long range data that paints some interesting possibilities for Monday. It looks like we will have bright weather on Sunday followed by increasing clouds Sunday night. The data is showing a gulf low developing by Monday as colder air digs into the region. This could bring us a brush with wintry weather and the National Weather Service is already highlighting the possibility in the Hazardous Weather Outlook for Monday. At this time we’re forecasting a possibility of rain or snow for Monday and Tuesday. There is still plenty of time to assess the winter weather possibility and I can guarantee you the models will depict different scenarios in the days ahead. Stay tuned as we continue to fine tune our forecast!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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