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Issued: 12am on Thursday, January 1st 1970

Technical Forecast Discussion

Short term (Sunday 2/10 through Tuesday 2/12)

Zonal flow will continue to disrupt the flow of moisture for the day on Sunday, but a developing low pressure system that moves from the Central Plains to just south of the area will allow for moisture to move back in. As a cooling trend looks likely on Sunday, precipitation could be a mix of rain and snow for the day and evening. A trough building out on the Pacific coast will allow for ridging to form over the Midwest. GFS shows a decrease in moisture on Monday as a result in the ridge, but a nearby low pressure system near Indiana could still bring clouds and precipitation for Monday. On Tuesday, this aforementioned system will enter the region. The system will be in its occluded stage by then and occluded frontal boundary looks to pass over Athens. Some WAA will be present later into Tuesday as temperatures reach the mid 50s.
Long term (Wednesday 2/13 through Saturday 2/16)

Lingering precipitation and clouds will exist early Wednesday as drier air moves into the region. Weak upper level ridging approaches later into Wednesday, trapping some moisture in the region resulting in some persisting scattered cloud cover. Ridging will also result in WAA. Cloud cover will be at its lowest on Thursday as moisture from the previous system will finally be pushed out due to an incoming system from the Plains produced by a shortwave trough moving through the mid US. WAA will result in rain Thursday evening as the warm frontal boundary moves near. Temperatures will peak on Friday still in the mid to upper 50s before the cold front passes through Friday night. Precipitation will be mixed and likely transform over into snow in the later evening as colder air moves in. Drier air will be introduced Saturday leading to a decrease in moisture and less chance in precipitation.