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FIRST ALERT ISSUED | The latest from WRDW/WAGT Meteorologist Mikel Hannah-Harding

Winter Weather possible along and north of I-20 starting early Sunday.
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 9:50 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2022 at 12:21 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - We saw morning lows in the mid to upper 30s this morning around the CSRA. A few locations stayed near 40°. Clouds will be increasing during the day as low pressure approaches from the west. We will stay mostly dry and cool this afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Locations north of I-20 could stay in the upper 40s to low 50s as wedge conditions begin to build in. Winds will be out of the east between 5-10 mph.

Watch the latest Facebook Live update from your First Alert Meteorologist Mikel Hannah-Harding on WINTER STORM ADVISORIES in effect for Aiken, Columbia, Edgefield, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Saluda, Taliaferro, and Wilkes county:

Sunday’s Expected Winter Weather:

Not everyone will see winter weather tomorrow. Areas along and north of I-20 will have the greatest risk of Freezing Rain and for that reason, we have issued a FIRST ALERT for the counties highlighted in red below. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Aiken, Columbia, Edgefield, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Saluda, Taliaferro, and Wilkes county. Areas under a Winter Weather Advisory have the greatest chance of seeing winter weather that would lead to travel impacts and power outages. For areas south of Augusta you’ll likely only see cold rain. The heaviest of the rain/freezing rain looks last from 4am to 12pm Sunday morning.

A FIRST ALERT remains in effect tomorrow morning through Monday morning for the threat of...
A FIRST ALERT remains in effect tomorrow morning through Monday morning for the threat of wintry precipitation and black ice.(WRDW)
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Aiken, Columbia, Edgefield, Lincoln, McCormick,...
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Aiken, Columbia, Edgefield, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Saluda, Taliaferro, and Wilkes counties until 4:00 PM tomorrow.(WRDW)

What Type of Precipitation Will You See and How Much?

For areas north and along I-20 you will have the greatest risk of seeing Freezing Rain. The highest amounts will be in Saluda, Edgefield, McCormick, Lincoln, and Wilkes Counties with totals ranging from 0.15″ - 0.25″ of ice. From Taliaferro to Edgefield Counties there is a medium risk for icing with totals between 0.10″-0.20″. Finally for areas right along I-20 there is a low risk for icing with accumulations between a glaze and 0.10″.

Greatest Risk for Icing
Greatest Risk for Icing(WRDW)

With the risk of icing and breezy conditions there will be the chance for isolated to scattered power outages so make sure to have your winter weather plan ready to go! Roads and highway bridges will also be slick so travel is not recommended Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon. There is also concern for black ice development tomorrow night into Monday morning as temperatures drop back to near/below freezing.

Precip Type
Precip Type(WRDW)

For areas south of Augusta you will see just cold rain. Rain totals will range between 1″-1.5″ around the region. This is still a very fluid forecast and some adjustments will still be needed. Be sure to keep it here for the latest updates.

In terms of wintry precipitation, we have the best chance at seeing freezing rain and sleet...
In terms of wintry precipitation, we have the best chance at seeing freezing rain and sleet tomorrow morning between 5a - 9a. Heavy rain and wind can almost be guaranteed for the entire CSRA.(WRDW)

How Freezing Rain Forms:

You might be wondering what the best conditions are for freezing rain and how it impacts the roads. Here’s First Alert Meteorologist Anthony Carpino with what you need to know.

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