January 31, 2008 Leave a comment
A large band of rain has developed to our west and this rain has been slowly progressing in our direction. Thankfully, the steady rain held off for a decent period during the morning. I sure took advantage of the dry morning by taking care of some errands. While driving on McFarland earlier, I noticed some sunshine actually broke through the clouds for a short period. Now things are changing fast as the rain is moving in. Look for periods of rain through this evening and there still is the chance for a few thunderstorms, especially south of Tuscaloosa. Some of the storms over far southern portions of the area may grow strong. The only watch in the region is a tornado watch for far southwestern Mississippi.
The rain should be departing by 5:30 a.m. in West Alabama and by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning the rain should be east of the I-65 corridor. We will wake up to early morning clouds and very chilly temperatures. Look for highs to struggle to reach the upper 40s tomorrow and we will have some sunshine during the afternoon. A freeze will be likely tomorrow night, with lows expected to drop into the upper 20s.
Saturday still looks to be a nice day, with a cold start and milder afternoon. The data is now picking up on a short wave or small scale disturbance on Sunday, which will bring showers. We will be entering an unsettled period for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. A moist southwest flow will guide lots of clouds in our direction and temperatures will steadily warm. Highs will be around 70 on Monday and Tuesday. Also, on Tuesday, low pressure will swing a cold front into the region and this will bring another good soaking rain. There will be a chance for thunderstorms and some may be strong. Beyond Tuesday, we will have to keep a close eye on the weather for late next week. Another storm system will bring the threat of rain and wintry weather to portions of the Deep South. This looks to enter the region around the February 8th time frame. Have a great evening!
WVUA Chief Meteorologist