January 25: Feeling Like Spring

The warming trend continues. Today the afternoon high reached 59°, after dipping to 25° this morning. Lots of sunshine and a strong south wind contributed to the warm up.  Keep in mind the average for this time of the year is 47°.  Tonight will be mostly clear and not as cold with the low in the mid 30s. If you liked today, you’ll love tomorrow as it will be even milder, in the low 60s.

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On Saturday, expect showers early to the northwest corner of Middle Tennessee, transitioning to a period of steady rain during the late afternoon, evening, and overnight.  Rain will exit early Sunday. Temperatures both days will be especially mild for January. Here’s the latest timing on the rain with Futurecast.

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After the weekend rain moves out, Monday and Tuesday will be chilly but sunny.

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Looking further into next week, Wednesday will be milder. On Thursday, rain will return, potentially turning to a brief period of snow before ending Thursday night or early Friday.

When it comes to flooding, we talk a lot about the 2010 flood, but on this date in 2002 there was a note worthy event: A three day flooding event across the mid state came to an end. Flooding was reported in 39 counties. Six people were killed, with another 11 injuries. Wartrace had one of the highest rainfall totals with 9.25″ over the three day period.  Damage was estimated at $2 million.

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Columbia, photo by PageUpdate

I’ll have an update on the forecast on News 4 at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer

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