Moderate to heavy rain expected tonight

Expect moderate to heavy rain through today and tonight, said WRBL Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald.

The rain moving through the Chattahoochee Valley will hang around until Saturday afternoon.

“Then we should be good to go,” he added. “Not that it’s going to be sunny after that.”

Thunderstorms will be in the general area Saturday morning, though Jeswald said they’ll be moving away from Columbus. He advised anyone outside to use caution. If you can hear thunder, that means risk of a lightning strike exists.

Saturday will be partly cloudy with highs around 77. Skies will grow mostly clear that night, when lows are expected to dip to 52.

The rain should be gone by Sunday. It’ll be a little breezy and definitely cooler, Jeswald said. Highs should be in the low to mid-70s.

“Sunday looks good,” he added.

The cooler air should hang around for the start of the week. Expect partly sunny skies on Monday with highs around 80.


We're monitoring changes in the weekend events due to the weather. Here's what we've learned so far:

The Diva Dash for Tori Svenson will still take place tonight (Friday, March 23) at Cascade Hills Church, rain or shine. Registration for the 5K begins at 6 p.m. and the run begins at 8 p.m. Check in with the Cascade Hills Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Bark for Life has been rescheduled for 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at the same location, Britt David Park football field. Vendors can begin setting up at noon on Sunday. For more information about the event, read about it here.

The Open Door Walk will continue as planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, regardless of weather. It's at the Columbus State University Intramural Field. A 5k fun run and walk and food, music and children’s activity area will be featured. 706-323-5518.

Chick-Fil-A's Easter Eggstravaganza will go on as scheduled on Saturday, unless "it's pouring down rain." Then, it will be rescheduled for Saturday, March 31. The festivities are 3-6 p.m. on Bradley Park Drive. They will update their Facebook page with any changes. Call 706-660-8914.

Poplar Place Farm, 8191 U.S. 27, in Hamilton, has horse trials scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (March 24). They will go on as scheduled, said Allina Bell of Poplar Place. Call 706‐582‐3742.

The Fourth annual Alex Van Heuvel Memorial Trail Ride will go on as scheduled. It's 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Begin Again Equine Shelter, 2035 Harris Road, Ellerslie. It's $25, which includes lunch. Call 706-315-6945.

The annual Fort Benning Tour of Homes will happen rain or shine, a spokeswoman said. In case of rain, she said you can drive from house to house. It's scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The starting point is Riverside, the commanding general's home, 100 Vibbert Ave., where you can pick up the map of the homes. Tickets are $10, and children 15 and younger are not allowed on the tour. Call 706-225-7436.

The SMA 5K — Eat 'n Run is still planned to take place Saturday morning, but they will update their Facebook page and send out emails to registers participants if anything changes.