Cold air takes over for the week

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 15, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It’s a cold start to the week. Cold, dry air will be the main feature of the forecast with some small changes each day.

After a cold start with temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s, Monday will be sunny with cooler-than-average temperatures. Daytime highs will peak near 60 degrees.

High pressure is situated to the northeast of the area. This will bring winds in from the northeast on Monday and east on Tuesday. This shift in the wind will allow a slight warmup. Highs will climb into the 60s on Tuesday.

Wednesday will bring a slight change in the weather pattern. A cold front will sweep through North Florida and South Georgia overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday morning. This front is mainly expected to increase cloud cover on Tuesday night and clearing will follow on Wednesday afternoon. Rain chances remain slim as the front approaches. Dry air following the cold front will limit those rain chances. Cold air will move in late Tuesday night.

While there has been some winter precipitation buzz several days out, it’s important to note that forecast models are trending towards a drier frontal passage. So far, there is only a 10% chance of rain early Wednesday morning. Timing of the cold air and the moisture available will determine whether light snow or flurries are possible in South Georgia. So far, there is a 10% chance of light snow or flurries in Southwest Georgia. The likelihood of snow and a wintry mix is higher in places like Southeastern Alabama and west of the WCTV coverage area.

If any of the rain transitions to a wintry mix or if there are light flurries, impacts would be minimal. While air temperatures quickly drop into Wednesday morning, the ground will still be warm. Not much accumulation is expected, if any. It is still a good idea to exercise caution when traveling ove rbridges or overpasses in Southwest Georgia early Wednesday morning.

Another push of very cold and dry air follows the cold front on Wednesday. Highs will drop to the 50s from Wednesday through Friday. Early morning lows will be in the mid 20s on Thursday and Friday morning. Remember to protect people, plants, pets, and pipes on those mornings. A gradual warming trend follows into the weekend with high pressure in place. Breezy conditions are possible on Thursday. The wind will make it feel like temperatures are in the 40s.

Overall, rain chances will be low this week, but so will the temperatures! Don't forget to bundle up!