Athens, GA Weather for Thursday, January 26, 2017

Partly Sunny

Overnight Showers

Partly Cloudy Skies Tomorrow

High: 57°F

Low: 51°F

A cold front will push across the Southeast this evening and bring to North Georgia. Image Credit: NOAA WPC

It was another warm, late-January day in North Georgia today. Athens hit a high of 74°F this afternoon, which is 19°F above normal for this time of year. The culprit? Warmer air pushing north into the area in response to a cold front set to sweep through the region tonight. Winter is coming…but first! Will there be rain? If so, how much?

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: Showers after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy and breezy. Low near 51°F.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and breezy with northwest winds between 10-15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph. High near 57°F.

Rain, Rain on the Way:

The line of showers will push through around midnight tonight. Image Credit: 4KM NAM via WxBell

While today was a warm one, winter will make its return! That is, after some midnight showers push through North Georgia and the rest of the Southeast tonight. There won’t be any component of severe weather with these showers, but they will offer a nightly lullaby if you find yourself unable to sleep tonight. With the low temperature only dipping down into the low 50s this evening, you might open the windows a little bit. By morning, we should receive rainfall totals between 0.10-0.25″.

Breezy Tomorrow:

Tomorrow morning and afternoon look to stay pretty breezy. Image Credit: GFS via WxBell

After the cold front passes overnight, expect breezy conditions tomorrow. Northwest winds will steadily start to bring in more seasonable temperatures tomorrow afternoon, giving us highs in the mid 50s. On top of that, the winds will really ramp up tomorrow morning and afternoon. Wind speeds will be 10-15 mph and we could see gusts as high as 25-30 mph! Be careful driving on the interstates tomorrow.

Weather Video of the Day:

Wind is in the picture for tomorrow and tomorrow evening. While it’s windy here at the surface, winds are faster above the surface. As a matter of fact, we harness this faster wind for energy in some places in the country. You might be familiar with wind turbines. Every now and then, these tall structures need to be repaired. Here’s a different but very cool video showing some information on that. As someone afraid of heights, lightning, and various other hazards talked about in this video, I have one word: nope.

About Michael Stewart

Michael is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Atmospheric Sciences program, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences in the spring of 2016. He served as the former President of the University of Georgia's local chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) during the 2014-2015 year and is currently an active member of the national American Meteorological Society. Michael participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research program at the Pennsylvania State University. There, he used the numerical weather prediction model, Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), to research chemical dispersion in the boundary layer. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree at the University of South Carolina under the supervision of Dr. April L. Hiscox. His research will focus on boundary layer meteorology and modeling atmospheric dispersion. Although Michael appreciates all kinds of weather, he holds a certain fascination with convective storms and numerical weather prediction.

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