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Aiken area bracing for cold, wet weekend because of major winter storm

December 7, 2018

A major winter storm is expected to bring chilly, wet weather to the Aiken area this weekend, and that could change the plans for parades and other outdoor holiday events.

But the snow and ice associated with the system probably will remain to the north and not have an impact locally.

“By Friday, there will be an upper level trough moving into the southwest part of this country,” said Hunter Coleman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia. “It’s going to form a surface low over the western Gulf Coast, and that low is going to track along the Gulf Coast on Saturday and into Saturday night. Then it will cross over southern Georgia and northern Florida.”

As a result, there will be significant amount of precipitation in the Aiken area.

“We’re looking at anywhere from 2 to 3 inches of rain through the weekend,” Coleman said.

Meanwhile, cold air will be flowing into the Southeast from the north.

On Saturday night and Sunday, the ice and snow should stay north of the Interstate 85 corridor, but could stray a little south of there, Coleman said.

According to the National Weather Service forecast, it will be mostly cloudy Friday night, and the low temperature will be near 38 degrees.

The chance of precipitation will be 20 percent.

On Saturday, there will be an 80 percent chance of precipitation, but most of the rain isn’t expected to fall until the afternoon.

The high will be around 44 degrees.

Saturday evening, the chance of precipitation will rise to 90 percent. The low will be close to 38.

For Sunday, the chance of precipitation will be 90 percent, and the high will be near 42.

The low will be around 35 on Sunday night, when the chance of precipitation will decrease to 40 percent.

It will be mostly cloudy Monday, with a 40 percent chance of precipitation and a high close to 43.

The low will be around 33 on Monday night, and skies will be mostly cloudy.

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