A good Tuesday evening to you! It’s been a cool and raw day across the area, but conditions have gone dry. The storm system that brought an incredible soaking to much of the deep south has passed northeast of the area today, where rain and some snow is happening this afternoon. Here’s some of the rain totals we picked up across the area:
Radar estimates show between 3 and 5 inches of rain over portions of Sumter County, but that’s unofficial due to the slight difference between radar estimates and actual totals.
Skies are beginning to clear out a bit in west Alabama now, and the clearing line will continue to push east. Look for skies to become clear tonight over the entire state, with a bright, sunny day on Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will remain cool, as the eastern US trough continues its influence across our area. Lows will fall to 30 tonight and Wednesday night, so much of the area will experience a light freeze. Highs will reach the lower 50s on Wednesday and upper 50s on Thursday.
As the trough swings out of the southeast, temperatures will continue to modify. Look for highs to reach the lower 60s on Friday and middle 6os on Saturday. Model data is still all over the board on next weekend’s system, so we may have to update the forecast. Some models show a trough digging into the area, which would bring cooler air for the weekend. Stay tuned for updates. For now, all data keeps things dry Saturday night for New Year’s Eve events.
While most computer data is keeping our weather settled and seasonable for Monday and Tuesday of next week, the more reliable EURO is bringing an interesting look. Above is the 12z run of the EURO, which is valid for 6am Tuesday morning. If this particular model is correct, we would see a major chill-down, with some snow somewhere the deep south. Local temperatures would stay 30s for afternoon highs. This isn’t in my official forecast just yet. I’m waiting on more data to come on board with this look before making a change.
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott