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Storm Team Thursday morning forecast (2/21/2013)

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Posted at 7:40 AM, Feb 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-21 03:14:38-05

One more day to enjoy before a couple of messy, rainy systems hit back to back this weekend. This morning marked the last stab of cold temperatures for the mid range forecast starting in the 30s and 40s; Thursday highs push into the low 70s. Mostly sunny skies will slowly disappear as clouds fill by Friday morning. That cloud blanket will keep our morning lows in the mid to upper 50s. A cold front tied to a winter storm is moving into the Midwest setting the stage for our rainy weekend. A series of disturbances will develop along this front keeping our rain chance very high Friday through Tuesday; the following rain amounts will be storm totals ending Tuesday. An area from the western panhandle to central Georgia sees the most, 6-8”. Most of the area including Tallahassee, Thomasville, Moultrie and St. Marks will pick up 2-4”, totals taper to .5-2” closer to I-75. Any of these totals could easily double if we get training thunderstorms piling rain over the same spots for days.  Southeastern Alabama and Southwest Georgia rivers will struggle with floods after being swamped by rain just a few days ago. In terms of severe weather, there is a slight risk of gusty winds and tornadoes Friday night into Saturday morning in the tri-state area. Winds pick up when the rain moves in for everyone else, up to 15 mph during the rainy, daytime hours Saturday. Sunday morning gives a short break from precipitation for those North of I-10, but not for long, another system pushes right in bringing more rain to the early part of the work week. Long range forecasts show clearing Tuesday afternoon with highs in the upper 60s.

-Storm Team Intern Sean Viale