The Columbus area once more is about to take a roller-coaster plunge into icy winter weather before a whiplash weekend warmup.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a 90 percent chance of rain and snow overnight, with a chance of “sprinkles and flurries” Thursday morning. But with a low above freezing tonight, little or no snow accumulation’s expected here.
Residents headed north tonight or Thursday likely will venture into hazardous driving conditions, as a quarter-inch of snow’s possible below Atlanta, up to an inch may fall in the Atlanta area and up to 2 inches in North Georgia, the weather service says.
Here in Columbus, the lowest temperature this week is expected Friday night: 27 degrees. But the weekend looks bright and warm, with clear skies and highs in the 60s Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s the forecast for the rest of the week: Mostly cloudy this afternoon, high near 54. Occasional rain before 1 a.m., then occasional rain and snow, low around 35.
A chance of sprinkles and flurries before 1 p.m. Thursday, cloudy, the clearing, high near 49. Mostly clear, low near 30 that night.
Sunny Friday, high near 55, winds gusting up to 15 mph. Mostly clear, with a low 27 that night.
Sunny Saturday, high near 61. Mostly clear, low 31 Saturday night.
Sunny Sunday, high near 63. Mostly clear, low 37 that night.. Sunny Monday and Tuesday, high 66 each day.