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Wet Start, Dry End to Week

After a foggy start to Monday, low clouds and fog will give way to a partly sunny late morning. Shortly after the lunch hour, though, numerous showers and thunderstorms should develop in the warm…

Monday Rain, Drier Weather Coming

Abundant moisture continues to blanket the region keeping showers and afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast Monday with slightly lower chances on Tuesday. While there could be severe weather in NW Georgia/NE Alabama Monday, our…

Troup County Searching for Missing 24-year-old Kayaker

The community in Troup County is searching day and night for a missing kayaker. 24-year-old Maranda Whitten, or Randi, went missing Friday afternoon near the area of Shafer Heard Campground near the dam. She was in a teal colored…

Showers and Thunderstorms Scattered Through the Weekend

Unsettled weather stays with us through the weekend as saturated gulf air will continue to cover the region helping prime the atmosphere for showers and thunderstorms. A slow moving front will sink closer down…

Federal Judge Rules Video of Fatal Shooting Released

A federal Judge orders video of a fatal police shooting must be made public after a three year court battle. That Federal ruling involving the fatal police shooting of Columbus native Autumn Steele has…

Rain Chances Ramping Up

A better chance of showers and thunderstorms begins today and will stay with us through the early part of next week as a steady stream of gulf moisture will filter into our region. Some…

Thunderstorms Try To Ruin Outdoor Plans

A light southerly breeze developing from the Gulf of Mexico will continue to usher in a deeper dose of humidity for the next several days. This higher humidity, coupled with daytime heating, will lead to an uptick in the…

No Drought For A Reason

A light southerly breeze developing from the Gulf of Mexico will continue to usher in a deeper dose of humidity for the next several days. This higher humidity, coupled with daytime heating, will lead to an uptick in the…

Daily Dose Of Storms Increasing

A light southerly breeze developing from the Gulf of Mexico will continue to usher in a deeper dose of humidity for the next several days.   This higher humidity, coupled with daytime heating, will lead to an uptick in the…

Rain Chances On the Upswing

Wednesday brought much less in the way of rainfall a day after a Tuesday of heavy rain and isolated flooding in both the Columbus and Auburn/Opelika metro areas. Only isolated showers and thunderstorms were…

Forensic Audit Sparks Clerk Controversy

A forensic audit of the Columbus Clerk of Council Tiny Washington's office revealed large gaps of information in official logs. Councilor Mimi Woodson, who was noticeably absent from Tuesday's presentation, requested an audit of the…

WLTZ-TV NBC 38 Back On DISH Network

Following a more than 10-week blackout by DISH Network of WLTZ-TV NBC 38, the signal of the NBC affiliate serving the Columbus-Opelika viewing area has been restored to the satellite provider's network. The programming signal restoration follows the successful…

Scattered Storms Today, Weekend Looking Wet

Wednesday looks to be another warm one around the area, with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing during peak heating in the afternoon and evening hours. As in the past few days, any thunderstorm will…

Work-Week Storms

Patchy fog will greet Wednesday morning; otherwise there will be enough sunshine to boost us into the low 90s Wednesday afternoon. It’ll be another day of hit/miss slow-moving storms. However, deeper moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico will…

More Storms; Less Heat

A couple clusters of slow-moving thunderstorms will remain on the prowl throughout the first half of the nighttime hours.  In a worst case scenario, isolated flash flooding can occur given the slow nature of the storms. Patchy fog will…

Carbon Copy of Monday; Rain Chances Rise

Clear skies dominate the region this morning, except for areas that experienced heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon and evening seeing some patchy fog. Always use low-beam headlights through fog, allow some extra distance between you…

Inmate Tip Prompts Russell County Search for Body

The search for Sam Hewitt Jr continues after a false alarm. The Russell County Sheriff's Department is carefully distancing itself from the case of Sam Hewitt Jr. after a recent tip prompted a massive…

Thunderstorm Coverage Increasing

A stationary front draped across Alabama from northwest to southeast will be the firing mechanism, along with the heating of the day, for slow-moving or nearly stationary thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening. Much like Monday, the coverage is more…

Relatively Quiet Start To Work Week

A compact thundershower will dot a few neighborhoods south and west of Columbus throughout the evening hours, but even here wet weather will be limited.  Clear skies will return region-wide later tonight allowing for additional viewing of the Perseid…

Week Starts Warm, Ends Wet

Happy Monday! Isolated showers and thunderstorms will dot the viewing area this afternoon into the evening hours. The best chance for those occurring will be south and west of Columbus, although coverage will be about 1 in 5 areawide. Highs…

Warm Start to Week; Isolated Storms

After a Sunday that saw a late start to shower and thunderstorm activity, Monday looks to hold more of the same weather. Highs will be in the low to middle 90s, with isolated afternoon…

Toasty Weekend

Clouds will give way to a partly to mostly sunny sky Saturday. While a stray afternoon thunderstorm cannot be completely ruled out, most of the time should be rain-free and toasty. That goes hand-in-hand for Sunday, too.   Patchy clouds…

Thunderstorms Exit Stage South

Broken bands of thunderstorms will settle southward this evening, eventually weakening and moving into the panhandle of Florida.    Before then, any storm can be accompanied by small hail and wind gusts to 40 mph.   However, those kind of winds…

Stormy Friday

A short waving push through the TN Valley will help aid in the development of more scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms today especially in the afternoon and evening hours. Some storms could get strong…

Best Friend of Teen Shot 6 Times Wanted by Police

Fred Harris was supposed to start college Tuesday. His family tells First News he wanted to pursue a career in the military but those plans were interrupted when the teen was shot six times…

Late-Day Thunderstorm

Friday will feature a similar setup to Thursday.   After patchy morning fog burns off, the combination of daytime heating of humid air, and a wave of low pressure tracking west to east along the length of a stationary front…

Some Heavy Thunderstorms

A stationary front across northern portions of Alabama and Georgia will work the daytime heating of our current humid air mass to help ignite showers and thunderstorms.   A couple of these storms will be accompanied with small hail and…

Showers & Thunderstorms Through the Weekend

A weak frontal boundary moves into the area today and lingers for a while, so expect better coverage of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms through tomorrow and possibly for the weekend. A shortwave disturbance…

More Late-Week Storms

Thunderstorms weakening as they cross the Mississippi River overnight will likely redevelop Thursday with the heating of the day.   These storms will arrive in our neighborhood during the afternoon and early nighttime hours. Overall, the next couple of afternoons…

Stormier Period Arrives

A hit/miss thunderstorm (more miss than hit) this evening will give way to another tranquil night.  However, a broken line of thunderstorm just south of the Tennessee/Alabama line will most certainly be watched closely.    Those storms will likely fizzle…

A Better Chance of Rain Coming

A weak frontal boundary coming in from the northwest pushes into northern GA/AL today and should reach our area tomorrow. It is expected to stall and hover when it gets here, so rain chances…

A Few Stormy Days Ahead

Skies will clear overnight with patchy fog possible by daybreak. Wednesday will likely turn out to be a similar day to Tuesday with pop-up, slow-moving thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours.  While most areas will not have a…

Thunderstorm Upturn

A few slow-moving thunderstorms will remain on the prowl throughout this evening.   While most areas will not have a problem, any thunderstorm can be accompanied by penny-size hail, intense downpours and wind gusts over 40 mph. Skies will clear…

Extreme Heat Today

***A Heat Advisory will be in effect this afternoon*** Sweltering heat will be the big weather story today with highs in the low to mid 90s under partly cloudy skies with heat indices into…

Heat Index > 100

High heat will continue to grip the Chattahoochee Valley through the middle of this week. Although a thunderstorm will be on the prowl during the afternoon and evening hours, the coverage will be far more miss than hit. Therefore,…

Heat Reigns

High heat will continue to grip the Chattahoochee Valley through the middle of this week.   Although a thunderstorm will be on the prowl during the afternoon and evening hours, the coverage will be far more miss than hit.   Therefore,…

Hot & Muggy!

High pressure will help keep us mostly dry through Tuesday outside of a few pop up showers/thunderstorms this afternoon due to the daytime heat. A short wave disturbance approaching tonight could increase rain chances…

42-Year-Old Man Dies in Chattahoochee River

A man died in the Chattahoochee river over the weekend. 42-year-old Sean Fuller was pulled from the river Saturday afternoon. A passerby saw Fuller floating in the river between the 13th St. bridge and the Dillingham St. bridge around…

Warm Start, Wet End to Week Ahead

After a mostly rain-free week, we've seen some scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the landscape this afternoon and early evening, especially in our Georgia counties near and just east of Columbus. Brief heavy rainfall,…

The Heat Is Back!

What a turnaround over the past 24 hours!   Although there is plenty of moisture over the Gulf of Mexico, high pressure building in intensity across the region will keep a lid on most thunderstorms until next week.   That's not…

Drying Out, Warming Up!

Happy Friday! After a few days of moderate to heavy rainfall over the area, conditions will improve heading into the weekend. Only scattered showers and thunderstorms will be around today, with the highest chances…

Drizzly Start To Friday

Low clouds and fog will likely cough up some drizzle through Friday morning.   However, much less precipitation is expected into next week.   After the clouds and fog burn off Friday morning, there will be some sun with a thunderstorm…

Wet Weather Tapers Off

Showers and thunderstorms will continue across the region this evening before winding down and moving away toward the northeast.   That said, low clouds and fog will likely still cough up some drizzle through Friday morning.   However, much less precipitation…

A Soggy Thursday

The stalled front to our west and associated low pressure continues to stream heavily saturated air into our area, so we'll not get a break from showers and thunderstorms today. In fact, we may…

Flood Watch In Play For Some

Additional bouts of rain, including a heavier thunderstorm, will run from southwest to northeast across the region through Thursday. Another 1-3″ of rain, on average, is expected through Thursday evening, although a few spots can receive as much as…

More Rain/T-Storms

Additional bouts of rain, including a heavier thunderstorm, will run from southwest to northeast across the region tonight.   The wet weather will likely taper to showers or a thundershower overnight, but at no point does drier move into the…

More Rain

***A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT*** We are anticipating a good deal of rainfall today through Friday morning (2-4" with 5"+ locally) with flash flooding a very real possibility as saturated air from…

Heavy Rain At Times

A flash flood watch is in effect until Thursday evening for numerous counties across Alabama and Georgia. While the steadiest of the rain from earlier Tuesday has moved on, the Gulf of Mexico remains wide open for business the…

Flash Flood Watch For Some

A flash flood watch is in effect until Thursday evening for numerous counties across Alabama and Georgia.   While the heaviest and steadiest of the rain is northeast of Columbus and moving away this evening, the Gulf of Mexico remains…

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