If you're looking forward to some sunny weather, don't hold your breath.
After heavy storms rolled through Columbus on Tuesday, cutting power to about 800 homes, the clouds are expected to stay around possibly through next week, said WRBL Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald. And it's not going to get better anytime soon.
"It's going to be a wet April," Jeswald said. "It's a seasonal thing. We're earning the title of 'April showers.' "
Today and Friday will see a 40 and 60 percent chance of rain, respectively. That chance jumps to 100 percent on Saturday and a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. We might see some sun on Monday, but there is still a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms.
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Jeswald said next week could be much like this one -- cloudy with scattered showers and an occasional thunderstorm.
The rain is being caused by fronts coming down from the Rocky Mountains and mixing with warmer, moist air coming up from the Gulf, producing lingering storm systems that won't go away.
"There's just no big Canadian front coming through to scrub it out," Jeswald said.
Georgia Power said Tuesday night's heavy thunderstorm caused about 800 homes, mostly in the Green Island Hills area, to lose power for a few hours. There were also scattered outages downtown and along Warm Springs Road.
Georgia Power reported that fallen trees on River Road and Second Avenue caused much of the problems.
Jeswald said only about a quarter-inch of rain officially fell in Columbus Tuesday night, but the ground was already so saturated that trees were more susceptible to the 40-45 mph wind gusts that accompanied the storm.
"When the ground is that saturated and you have shallow root sytems, it doesn't take much to knock a tree over," he said.