The El Nino storm train continues to push a storm system through our area evey 3 to 4 days.  The next system is setting up to be a soakerfor the I-20 corridor and a major winter storm for the I-40 corridor.  We should escape the winter precipitation, but he ground in Sumter County is saturated from recent rains.  It is likely that any rain that does fall will result in possible flash flooding and simply serve to aggravate the river flooding problem that we already have on the Tombigbee.  The other item of interest is the cold.  Forecasts indicate that the weather will once again trend colder over the weekend (not as cold as the first of January).  Needless to say the weather over our area will be active over the next few days, but thankfully not severe. 

Expected Rain for the next five days…

The long term forecast for the Arctic Oscillation shows it going strongly negative in the middle of the month of February.  This could spell a return to the bitter cold conditions experienced in January for our area.  This isn’t certain, but the AO is a pretty good indicator of these “cold waves” and the like.  More on this as it gets closer.