With frigid air already gripping the Columbus area and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico expected to come, forecasters today were upping the odds in favor of Friday snowfall.
Meteorologist Rob Handel with the National Weather Service station in Peachtree City, Ga., said the forecast indicated Columbus would likely get more snow than rain Friday afternoon and Friday night, though the city would be in a zone where snow turned to rain. Areas north of Columbus likely would get all snow and areas south all rain, he said.
Though the high temperature Friday is expected to be 43, well above freezing, the low that night will be 29 degrees. Snow in Columbus appeared “pretty likely,” with some accumulation possible, Handel said.
If any snow’s left on the ground Saturday morning, local kids had better build their snowmen fast and early, because the high that day’s to hit near the mid-50s.
Here’s the forecast:
— Partly sunny today with a high near 52 and a low about 35 degrees tonight.
— Rain and snow likely after 1 p.m. Friday; a 70-percent chance of precipitation during the day and a 50-percent chance that night.
— Sunny Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low 30s, and a 20-percent chance of rain Sunday night.