First Alert Weather Day: Widespread, cold rain forecast to impact the commute and plans

First Alert Weather Day: Widespread, cold rain forecast to impact the commute and plans
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 is a First Alert Weather Day. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Thursday is a First Alert Weather Day. Widespread rain is falling and will impact the evening commute, and will soak just-about any outdoor plans.

Emanuel, Toombs and Montgomery counties are under a Flash Flood Watch through this evening. Heavier rain may fall in a short amount of time on-top of saturated soils; causing flooding of roadways and low-lying areas.

We have already received pictures and alerts from Candler County Sheriff’s Office of several roads impacted by overflowing bodies of water and some impassable dirt roads.

As rain falls, some moisture will evaporate and force temperatures to cool over-time; process is known as evaporative cooling.

Temperatures have been slowly falling through the afternoon. As of 4pm, Statesboro was 42° with a feels like temperature of 38°. It’ll feel like it’s in the 30s all day with a gusty breeze factored in.

Rain will be most-widespread, and heaviest, between late-afternoon and dinnertime; roughly between 4 and 8 p.m. The forecast gradually dries out early Friday morning as temperatures drop into the mid and upper 30s.

Rain accumulations will average between .75” and 1.25”. A few spots may pick-up 2” or 3” by the time all is said and done. Most of this will be spread out over a period of several hours. Water may runoff and pool more than normal because our ground is so saturated.

Behind the rain, cold, windy, weather is in Friday’s forecast and a freeze is expected Saturday morning.

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