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Storm Team Monday Morning Forecast Discussion 12/31/2012

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Posted at 2:48 AM, Dec 31, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-30 21:53:42-05

High pressure will remain the dominant weather feature for today however it will continue to shift towards the east allowing for a south flow from the Gulf. This will jump start cloud development through the afternoon into the over night period but rain fall is not expected until New Years Day late afternoon. This morning you may want to grab that heavy jacket and allow the car to warm up! Temps range between the low and upper 30s with Freeze warnings set place for the Panhandle and most of our southern Georgia counties until 9AM. Frost will not be uncommon this morning so do be careful on the roadways. Highs hop into the low 60s this afternoon and drop to the mid 40s by Tuesday morning. Off the southwest Gulf Coast, a surface low with a warm front and developing cold front towards the south begins to shift out of the southwestern Gulf towards the northeast. Rain chances increase as early as 2PM Tuesday to 20% and steadily increase to 40% Wednesday afternoon then to 60% by Thursday due to a secondary low passing through the big bend. Even though rain chances are high, Instability overhead is rather low. This means thunderstorm development will be difficult to produce during the rain chance periods of the week. Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon will be mainly light to moderate showers with an occasional heavy downpour. As soon as these systems pass by Friday morning, clearer skies return temps bounce between the upper 50s and low 60s through the weekend.