FIRST ALERT: Cold weather heading toward the Pine Belt

Look Ahead: Monday forecast

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Colder weather is headed to the Pine Belt late this weekend and into next week. A pair of storm systems will open the door for cooler than normal conditions to move in and hang around for a few days. This may include temperatures well-below freezing at night.

What to expect:

Showers and storms will be possible Saturday. This may include the threat for some stronger storms, too. Right now the main threat will be rain and thunder with some gusty wind. The tornado threat is looking pretty low right now.

Behind that, cooler air will push into the area on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s with overnight lows in the 20s and 30s. Perhaps cooler.

Beyond that, into the middle of next week another storm system arrives with possible more cold air.

Preparations:

Have your NOAA Weather Radio programmed with fully-charged batteries available for it. If you must travel, make sure to check the weather conditions, watches, warnings and advisories before venturing out the door. Review your Severe Weather Plan and know what you would do if a severe storm or tornado was near you. If you don't feel comfortable riding out a storm where you live, make a plan regarding when you would leave your home and where you would go. Also, download the WDAM Weather App so, if the power goes out, you still have access to live, streaming coverage of any updates about the weather.

What we know right now:

Threats:

Heavy rain, lightning, and gusty wind on Saturday and into Sunday. Followed by much colder air on Monday and Tuesday.

Timing:

Right now, it looks like tthe first rain will arrive Saturday afternoon. The cold air arrives Sunday night.

Unknowns:

There are a few unknowns:

1 - The severe weather threat is still a bit of an unknown. It looks like the threat will be pretty low, but we are also still five or six days out.

2 - How cold the air will be behind the rain due to the trajectory of the front and how much snowpack will be left in the Midwest from this weekend's snowstorm.

More Info:

For more information on this forecast, you can get a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick's Blog. That includes a look at what to expect with the second storm system that is out there.

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