There is a massive winter storm massing in the northern Plains, and that’s received a lot of my personal attention, but the system is big enough that the entire country stands to catch a little bit of it. What’s to come in the Carolinas?
At 1056AM, ET, Columbia was reporting a temperature of 57 degrees with sunny skies. There was a return to warmth after a significant winter storm in the region out ahead of the large system moving through the Plains, as warm southerly flow aloft was driving the advance of warm gulf air. Columbia was actually the cool spot at the hour, with several locations in the area already in the 60s.
High pressure will generally keep the region in pretty good shape tomorrow, through with intensifying warm air flow, it could be dirtied by a few mid level clouds and some isolated showers in the afternoon. The cold front attached to the large system in the Plains will produce severe thunderstorms in the Lower Mississippi Valley, however the surface low will become occluded, and the cold front weaker as it travels eastward. It will be weakened still by the time it arrives in Columbia, as it will arrive in the middle of the night, with only some gusty winds and a smattering of showers. Tuesday will be much better, as the sun reappears by noon, allowing for the high temperature to bounce back to something more comfortable.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, a few showers, especially late, High 64, Low 43
Tuesday – Showers in the morning, then clearing, High 62, Low 46 (Non standard)
TWC: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day.(Late Rain) High 68, Low 42
Tuesday – Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 63, Low 57
AW: Tomorrow – Times of sun and clouds High 69, Low 42
Tuesday – After a cloudy start, sunshine returns (early rain) High 66, Low 44
NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy (late rain), High 70, Low 42
Tuesday – A chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Sunny, High 65, Low 44
WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy, High 67, Low 42
Tuesday – Sunny. A chance of showers in the morning, High 64, Low 46
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, High 70, Low 41
Tuesday – Partly cloudy with isolated showers, High 65, Low 54
FIO: Tomorrow – Foggy overnight.High 62, Low 45
Tuesday – Rain starting overnight, continuing until morning, and breezy in the afternoon. High 64, Low 46
Obviously, the two outlets that don’t go out as far in their hourlies look to be hurt by this verification. Take a look at the satellite image that the Columbia NWS office links too on their page. Very pretty, but not super helpful.