Masters of "The Wedge"
If you're a big sports fan, you know that the Masters Tournament is this weekend in Augusta, Georgia. If you're hoping for the warm spring weather we've had this week with temperatures in the 80s, you are out of luck.
Starting Friday late afternoon, we have the phenomena called "the wedge" moving into Georgia. Scientifically named cold air damming, the wedge is caused by cold air at the surface being pushed against the Appalachian mountains from the eastern coast. The mountains are taller than the cold air at the surface, forcing the air to move around them southward. This leaves the eastern coast with cool, oftentimes rainy, conditions that have the potential to linger for days. A strong wedge event can bring cold air all the way down the Gulf Coast to surprise beach-goers!
Weather conditions for the Masters are going from on par to a double bogey during the weekend. Friday evening will have scattered thunderstorms entering the area and growing into a steady rain towards the morning. Conditions on Saturday are expected to be much cooler with temperatures lingering in the low to mid-50s combined with an all-day rain, which makes this a classic wedge set-up. Saturday could bring around 1.25 inches of rain to Augusta. Sunday, the cooler temperatures will remain only warming up to the upper 50s. The rain chances are in the morning, but the clouds will continue all day.