As of 6:30PM Saturday- Happy New Year! 2022 is started out very warm and cloudy in the CSRA. The month of December was well above average when it comes to temperatures, and that trend continues for this first weekend of January. Today’s high reached 81 in Augusta, which has set the third record high temperature of the week. The other two days where the 26th, and 29th, both of which were also 81. Skies were fairly clear in the late afternoon, but more clouds will build overnight as a front approaches. The low tonight should be in the upper to mid 60s, keeping the toasty temperatures around.

Sunday (all day) and Monday (morning) are both Vipir 6 Alert Days. The front will be strong, so we have the potential to see heavy rain, flooding, damaging winds, and there is an isolated tornado threat. The Storm Prediction Center has the entire CSRA under a Marginal Risk for Sunday. The timeline is roughly 7AM Sunday to 7AM Monday. The Alert Day will expire once the showers end on Monday. The first line of storms will be here Sunday morning, and additional heavy rain moves in Sunday night. Models are still updating, so stay with us tomorrow as things will change.

Behind this front is very cold arctic air, so highs will briefly drop into the low 50s with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Sunshine will be here most of the week and temperatures will settle back to around average later in the week.