Slight chance of snow showers late Friday



The Augusta area has a slight chance of snow showers starting late Friday night and into early Saturday morning, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.

Augusta has a 20 percent chance of snow showers, said meteorologist Gregory Lamberty of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C. If snow falls, it likely wouldn't accumulate to more than two-tenths of an inch, he said.

"It's a very low probability now," Lamberty added.

This winter has been particularly cold so far, with average temperatures in February so far hitting 3.4 degrees below the average of 43.1 degrees in Augusta, Lamberty said.

Temperatures in January averaged 41.7 degrees, or 3.1 degrees below the normal average.

The National Weather Service forecast continues to predict colder temperatures. The service's outlook for February, March and April predicts between a 33 percent and 40 percent chance of below normal temperatures, Lamberty said.

The same odds exist for above average precipitation in the area because of El Nino. The rain's cloud coverage hasn't helped temperatures, Lamberty said.

"The circulation across the northern hemisphere has expanded out," he said. "The polar forces are stronger than they usually are, so that allows some colder air to come down here."




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