March weather is described as sometimes like a lion and other times like a lamb. And this week is no different.
The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of mid-week thunderstorms, followed by calm and cool days on Thursday and Friday.
“Rain chances are definitely going to increase, with strong chances Tuesday night,” Patricia Sanchez of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said. “They should reach the west part of our area around midnight. It should move into your area by the early morning hours, depending on the speed of the system.”
According to the extended forecast, damaging winds and frequent lightning are the primary threats. Quarter- to half-dollar hail and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. Some storms may produce heavy rain and localized flooding.
“Some could be severe for you guys,” Sanchez said. “Most of the severe potential will be off to the west, but we can't completely rule it out for your area. It's going to be very isolated.”
The storms should move through the area quickly and be through Henderson County by noon on Wednesday.
“At least with the latest model, the line of storms will be more organized than the one last week, with everyone getting at least a little rain,” Sanchez said. “
The National Weather Service predicts the sun will be back late this week and into the weekend. Morning temperatures will mainly reach the 30s and 40s, and afternoon temperatures will range from the 50s and 60s.
It's expected to be breezy on Thursday, with west-northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph, and gusts up to 20 mph. The sun should be visible this weekend, but the temperatures will remain a bit cooler than normal.
Last weekend brought cloudy skies to Athens but little rain. The high temperature on Saturday hit 80 degrees. That's not the warmest reading of the year. The mercury rose to 82 degrees on Feb. 16.