Rain, colder temperatures in store next few days

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By Charles Roop
January 4, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - After a wild start to the week with severe weather in parts of South Georgia, we will see some changes once again. Luckily, as of now, we are not expecting any more severe weather through the end of the weekend.

Currently, a second cold front is passing over our area, based on surface observations. This front will continue to move southward through the Florida peninsula. Upper-level cloud cover will likely still persist overnight, with lows tonight from the mid 40s inland to the upper 40s along the coast.

We should see more of the sun on Thursday with partly cloudy skies. The high will be near 69. The low Thursday night will be a tad warmer (around 50) as the surface flow switches direction.

Things will begin to change starting Friday as a weak low is expected to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and track northeastward. Rain is expected to enter some parts of our viewing area late Friday morning and cover much of the area Friday evening.

There are slight differences in the track of the low. The American GFS keeps the low a little farther south, with the European model bringing the low around Taylor and Dixie counties Friday night into early Saturday morning. Guidance models are variable with rainfall totals through Saturday evening, but a consensus of up to an inch with higher amounts in some locations is possible.

The low with an accompanying cold front will help bring rain for much of our area through Saturday afternoon. It could also bring winter precipitation for parts of the Deep South - but not us! With the rain and clouds sticking around, along with northerly winds wrapping around the low, it will be difficult to get the thermometer at or above 50 degrees on Saturday. Expect a cold and mostly rainy day.

Saturday night, we should start to see some clearing with the temps plummeting. Winds will be elevated during the evening - as much as 10 mph - but should subside as the night moves on. We could see lows near the freezing mark Sunday morning.

We should see more sun on - you guessed it - Sunday, but it will be pretty chill. We should have our highs in the lower 50s with a northerly breeze. Lows Sunday night could drop into the upper 20s.

Stay covered Friday night and Saturday, and stay bundled for the rest of the weekend.