Dana Barker

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Warm Weekend Ahead

After a few cool mornings, with lows near or a few degrees below normal, temperatures will climb to the upper 70s for most of us today under a mostly sunny sky. These high…

Cool Nights, Mild Days, Warmer Weekend

High pressure continues to dominate our weather today and will do so through the early part of the weekend as well. After highs warm up to the 70-75 degree range for most of…

Friday Temps Fry; Weekend Rain Chances

The warmest weather we've seen so far this year is poised to greet us tomorrow. After lows tonight some 10 degrees warmer than last night, around the 60 degree mark, temperatures will soar…

Cooler Nights, Warmer Days

A "cold" front worked its way through the area this morning, accompanied by a decaying line of showers, the last vestiges of storms that brought severe weather to parts of far northern Alabama…

Late Night Showers, Warmup Late Week

Another mild night is in store for us for your Tuesday evening. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Breezy conditions may continue through late evening as winds pump moisture north, aiding in a significant severe weather episode unfolding in…

Scattered Storms, Then Warming Up

Scattered showers and thunderstorms have dotted the viewing area this evening. They will diminish in both coverage and intensity as we get deeper into the night and we lose daytime heating. Lows tonight will be mainly in the low to…

Spring Fever to End the Week

A warm Wednesday is coming to an end over the area, as most of us saw the temperature eclipse the 80 degree mark. A few showers and storms dotted the landscape, especially in…

Springlike End to Week...

Springlike weather dominated the Chattahoochee Valley again today with high temperatures peaking in the 75-80 degree range. Very isolated showers popped up over parts of the area, giving a few a small dose…

Beautiful Weekend Ahead!

After weeks of murky, rainy conditions, we're seeing a beautiful early March weekend. Low temperatures bottomed out in the 30s over our area and are rebounding nicely so far today, already eclipsing the 50 degree mark late this morning. The…

What's That Bright Thing in the Sky?

After what seems like days of cloudiness and rainfall, a cold front finally came through last night to scour out the deep moisture and rid us of both showers and clouds. The sun…

One More Day of Storms, Nice Weekend

Periods of moderate to heavy rain with elevated thunderstorms over the area will continue through the day today. A couple of storms may be on the strong side with gusty winds and perhaps…

Rain, Rain, Going Away...

Rain. Yep, it's back. We'll see scattered showers tonight, and perhaps a rumble of thunder mixed in as well. The good news is that there is no surface instability, so any storms will…

Sunny Weekend; Enjoy While You Can!

The vast majority of us woke up to sub-freezing temperatures this morning, the coldest we've seen around these parts in a couple of weeks. The thermometer is rebounding nicely so far this morning, with temps on their way to…

Guess What? Another Wet Week

Sunday has continued very dreary across our viewing area. Patches of light to moderate rain have passed through, holding temperatures down into the upper 40s and lower 50s so far today. We'll see only a slight warmup today with highs…

Gloomy Saturday, Nice Sunday Ahead

After a raw and chilly Friday with light to moderate rain around, the stubborn clouds will stick around through much of Saturday as well. The winds will relax some, however, allowing temperatures to…

Rainy End to Week, Storms Next Week?

The train of wet weather systems to affect our area continues, with the next one pulling into the depot tomorrow morning. Clouds will increase tonight from south to north as low pressure gets…

Rain, Rain Goes Away

After a rainy Wednesday, showers will decrease in coverage this evening as low pressure over the northern Gulf of Mexico pulls away from the area. Clouds will decrease tonight as well, giving us…

Three Shots of Rain, First One Later Today

Get out and enjoy the sunshine while you can this morning. Clouds will increase ahead of a fast-moving disturbance to our west. Light rain will begin to break out later this afternoon and especially into tonight and early on Monday…

Cool Weather Ahead, More Clouds Sunday

The Valley and the Plains will see a rare treat so far this month today - sunshine! Temperatures will be just below seasonal averages, though, with lower to mid 50s the rule as cold air advection is still in play…

Quiet Midweek, Severe Weather Likely Saturday

After a cold front passed through earlier this morning, a chilly night is in store with lows in the 30s across the viewing area. A light freeze is possible in some of the…

Tuesday AM Freeze; Late Week Rain?

After a cold front blew its way through the area yesterday, we'll see the coldest night for the next week or so tonight. Light winds, clear skies, and dry air will combine to…

Weekend Starts Wet, Ends Cool

TGIF! Clouds will be the rule today, unfortunately, making a dreary Friday outdoors. Temperatures will still be mild, however, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s throughout the area. A rogue…

Wet Start to Weekend Coming Up

Your Thursday will be dry, but there will be a noticeable increase in both clouds and moisture. Highs will be very pleasant, topping out around 70 degrees in most locales. Lows will be…

Beautiful Hump Day, Rain to Start Weekend

After a "dry" cold front moved through yesterday with no rainfall, a nice air mass will keep things sunny and mild today. Highs will top out in the 65-70 range over the area…

Rainy Friday; Clearing for the Weekend

TGIF! The weather isn't very Friday-like this morning with clouds, rain showers, and drizzle around the area. Temperatures have been held in check as a result, mainly in the low to mid 40s…

Rainy Night Tonight, Beautiful Weekend Shaping Up

After record low temperatures on Wednesday morning, temperatures this morning have been kept up in the upper 30s and lower 40s as a blanket of clouds covers the region courtesy of moisture filtering…

Cooler Weather Arrives

Friday will start out unFridaylike in the weather department - gloomy and overcast - before clouds decrease and the sun appears by afternoon just in time for the weekend. Highs today will be…

Rainy Thursday Night, Cool, then COLD!

Clouds will increase for your Thursday ahead of a cold front that will sweep through later this evening. Rain chances are high tonight and early into Friday morning, but most of the rainfall…

Warm Midweek, Cool Weekend, COLD Next Week

Isolated sprinkles and cloudy skies are in the cards for your Tuesday morning as a weak disturbance moves by to our south. The disturbance will move away later today, partially clearing skies by…

Tricks and Treats for Halloween Weather

Happy Halloween! The weather will be ghoulish today as big changes are in the offering. We'll likely hit our high temperatures sometime in the midday to early afternoon across the viewing area with…

Fall on Pause: Rainy and Warm

TGIF! It's not a Friday-like weather scene outside with overcast conditions and scattered showers breaking out this morning. Temperatures are also running 20-25 degrees warmer than 24 hours prior, going from the 40s…

Clearing, Cooler; Weekend Rain?

A cold front is working its way through the area this morning, putting an end to chances for rainfall for the near term. Clouds will decrease, winds will increase, and temperatures won't rise…

Severe Weather Threat Over for Area

The severe weather threat for our area has ended as stronger storms have been confined to the Florida Panhandle and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Rainfall will still be likely over the…

Strong Storms Tonight, Cooler Midweek, Rain Late Week

Showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage and intensity into the nighttime hours over our area. With increased dynamics moving in later this evening, a couple of storms may be on the strong…

Nestor Nears, More Storms Next Week

A very active and progressive weather pattern is in store for the area over the next 7-8 days. The first notable system will arrive later tonight and tomorrow in the form of what…

Verizon Service Down in Columbus Metro

Thousands of customers in the Columbus metro area have reported Verizon cellular service is down this morning. Dozens of comments on the downdetector.com website mention outages in Columbus, Phenix City, and Smiths Station, among other local areas. The site…

Cold Front Coming, More Rain for Weekend

After seeing VERY beneficial rainfall over the past 24 hours, a cold front will work its way through the area for your Wednesday. Prior to it moving through, however, we maintain a chance…

Rainy, Stormy, Cooler

After seeing some rainfall yesterday for the first time in over two weeks in some areas, we will be in between storm systems today. We maintain a slight chance of a shower, with…

Rain Chances Finally Increase, Temps Finally Decrease

TGIF! Your Friday is looking good weather-wise, although temps are still running warmer than where they should be for mid-October. Highs today will be in the lower to middle 80s; normal highs this…

Warmth, Mild, Rain, Cooler

Mostly sunny skies will be the rule to end the work week. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, with perhaps a select location or two touching the 90 degree mark…

Still Warm and Rain-Free

A "cold" front made its way through our area yesterday, not bringing much of a change to the air mass and only very isolated showers. We'll see that chance of showers remaining for…

Cooler This Week, Colder for the Weekend?

  A cold front has stalled near our area this evening, bringing very isolated showers to the viewing area. Coverage of those showers should be less than one in ten into tonight and…

Cooler Weather, Spotty Rainfall

We will see the scorching upper 90s and 100 degree readings be a thing of the past as we head into the work week. While highs will still run above normal for early…

Near Century Mark Today

After breaking a record high yesterday in Columbus of 100 degrees, temperatures will again rise to the 95-101 degree range across the viewing area today. The one saving grace as has been all…

Hot

Hot weather continues and will only intensify into the weekend as high pressure continues to tighten its grip over the area. Highs today will be in the middle to upper 90s, and that…