Monday turned out to be miserable in central South Carolina. A round of heavy rain moved north and into the Columbia area early on in the day, and didn’t allow Columbia to come up for air at any point. Monday only saw a 3 degree spread from high to low as they collected35 inches of rain through the day. The Weather Channel has continued their solid month with a victory in the South Carolina state capital. Actuals: Sunday, High 62, Low 30 Monday – .35 inches of rain, High 51, Low 38
The drive from eastern Wisconsin to central South Carolina, if taken today, would be slowed mightily by rain gripping a wide swath of the eastern United States. We will start this two day trek tomorrow, though, so nothing to fear! The drive will cover 1,013 miles, which we will in turn cover at a pace of 65.3mph. The second day will be a little bit shorter, by a half hour or so, and our target distance on Tuesday will be 523 miles. all very manageable, yes?
DAY ONE (Tuesday)
Low pressure moving through the eastern portion of the country is gradually unraveling today, and will continue to tomorrow. That means that precipitation which was translating quickly earlier in the week is slowing way down. None of it is reaching into Wisconsin, so the drive south towards the Illinois line should be drama free, but when we hit the Windy City, there is a pretty good chance it will be snowing. The snow will continue in this inverted trough south through Indiana, with a gradual change to rain south of Indianapolis. Precipitation won’t be heavy, but it won’t need to be to slow travel down. We’ll reach the eastern suburbs of Louisville, particularly the town of Middletown, by the end of the day.
DAY TWO (Wednesday) The back end of that system will swing to the south overnight. The dry slot will disappear from west of the Appalachians, and the light snow will return to our route, and last through our drive in Kentucky. We will turn south at Lexington and there might be a window of dry air by the time we reach Knoxville, which should last us through the rain shadow afforded by the Smokey Mountains from Asheville to Spartanburg, but the cold front associated with this low will start to redevelop on Wednesday afternoon. More rain will move into Columbia from the south, and will be there to greet us upon our arrival.
The capital city of South Carolina is also home to the University of South Carolina, and will be ground zero to what already seems like an endless election cycle, with this weeks’ pending primary coming to town.
At 1256AM, ET, Columbia was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 31 degrees. High pressure dominated the area, and the clear skies will lead to chilly temperatures for the morning in South Carolina, but the weekend will end pleasantly. Low pressure currently over the Four Corners is going to translate into the central Plains and continue eastward towards the Carolinas. It will deepen over Oklahoma, and develop some well defined warm and cold fronts. The warm front will emerge in central South Carolina by midday on Monday. Heavier showers and a stray thunderstorm will come to town in later in the day as the associated cold front arrives. Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 63, Low 28 Monday – Rain through most of the day, starting in the morning, High 58, Low 43
TWC: Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 61, Low 30 Monday – Occasional light rain. High 53, Low 44
AW: Tomorrow – Sun followed by increasing clouds High 60, Low 29 Monday – Cloudy and cool with a touch of rain High 54, Low 45
NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 62, Low 27 Monday – Rain likely, mainly between 9am and 1pm, then showers after 1pm. High 56, Low 45
WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 58, Low 32 Monday – Rain likely in the morning then showers in the afternoon, High 53, Low 46
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 62, Low 27 Monday – Cloudy with light rain likely, High 56, Low 45
FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day, High 61, Low 30 Monday – Light rain starting in the morning
Monday is going to be a rainy day in Columbiam but there sure isn’t any sign of it on satellite.