A look at the weekend:
A clipper system will make its way into the Athens area late Thursday into Friday morning. It is unlikely that the system will bring more than an inch of snow to the region.
Following the system’s passage, high pressure and arctic air will build into the region, making the remainder of the weekend cold and dry.
Athens will experience highs around freezing, except on Saturday, when temperatures will not rise above 20 degrees. Lows will be in the single digits to low teens all weekend.
Coming up next week:
Over the past week, an upper-level trough has been sitting over the Ohio Valley, feeding several clipper systems and arctic air masses into the region.
Toward the beginning of next week, that trough pattern will finally move off to the east, bringing a ridging pattern — and high pressure — with it. This will bring a much-needed warm-up to the region by midweek.
The week will start with highs near freezing and gradually increase with highs near or above 50 degrees by Wednesday. Lows will rise from the upper teens to near freezing.
The next chance for precipitation comes late next week in the form of rain on Thursday, potentially switching to snow as temperatures drop into the overnight hours.