COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Another chilly start to the morning with widespread 40s and 50s across the Valley for Friday, but the tranquil weather will take a back seat for a Gulf disturbance headed toward the Southeast this weekend. The developing storm will be known as Nestor once it becomes better organized, and is set to bring periods of rain and wind to our area for the early part of the weekend.
Clouds will continue to stream in today, keeping highs right around 70, but better rain chances should hold off until after midnight tonight. So, if you are going to any Friday night football games or have any other evening plans, at the worst just a few isolated showers to deal with. The heaviest rain and strongest winds associated with Nestor look to stay mainly south and east of the Valley (toward areas like Tallahassee, Valdosta, Tifton, etc.), but we still have an Alert Center Action Day in place for Saturday to account for the incoming bands of rain that could produce up to 1-2” of rain and winds on the order of 20-30 MPH with higher gusts. But, NO severe weather expected for us. Do expect more rain and stronger winds if you’re in southwest Georgia versus anyone who lives along and north of I-85. Good news is this storm will be a fast-moving system, so it will be out of here by Saturday night, and much quieter weather for Sunday with highs back near 80.
Looking ahead to next week, two more cold fronts make their way to the Southeast, the first Monday into Tuesday and followed by another NEXT Friday. With each of these systems, some rain and storms can be expected before the cooldowns that follow behind them. As it looks right now, NEXT weekend may be sunny, dry, and very chilly. But let’s deal with Nestor first!