Nice Weather Now…Cold Air Ahead…East Coast Superstorm… Wednesday Update 5pm
October 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Wednesday afternoon to you! How about a nice weather day across west and central Alabama, with lots of sun and mild temperatures. Most spots reached the lower 80s this afternoon, under a sunny sky. Big changes are likely as we reach the weekend, but we have a couple of pleasant days before that happens.
Temperatures tonight will fall quickly after sunset, with upper 50s by 10pm under a clear sky. Lows will reach the lower to middle 50s tonight for lows. Thursday and Friday look great, with lots of sunshine and highs in the lower 80s. Temperatures will remain fairly cool at night, with low to middle 50s likely.
A sharp upper air trough will dig into the southeast and send a cold front into Alabama Friday night. The cold front will come through in dry fashion Friday night and early Saturday morning. While I can’t rule out a stray shower late Friday or early Saturday, the chance is low. Skies will become partly cloudy late Friday and early Saturday, but skies should become sunny by the midday hours on Saturday as the front pushes well south of the area. Temperatures will become cold on Saturday, with a high in the middle 60s and lows near 40 Saturday night. We’ll remain in the low 60s for highs on Sunday and Monday as a chilly airmass takes over for a while.
Conditions will become windy on Saturday and Sunday due to the close proximity to a strong surface high and hurricane Sandy. Winds will gust as high as 30mph on Saturday and Sunday. Winds will gradually calm down on Monday. Temperatures at night will fall into the lower 40s Saturday night and Sunday night, but winds will keep us from getting freeze those nights. As winds go calm Monday night and Tuesday night, much of the area will deal with a widespread frost and the chance of a light freeze in spots. Skies will remain sunny for much of next week and through Halloween Day.
Alabama’s Homecoming game is on Saturday. We can expect a chilly game, with temperatures in the upper 50s at the 7:30pm kickoff and upper 40s to wrap up the game. You’ll need the thick jacked for sure if you’re going to the MSU/Alabama game Saturday night. Winds will continue to gust over 20 during the game, so the wind chill will become a factor.
As for Hurricane Sandy…. This is a powerful hurricane and is becoming better organized. As it crosses Cuba tonight, it will temporarily weaken to a strong tropical storm or minimum hurricane. The storm will then become a hurricane or could become a strong hurricane over the Bahamas on Thursday and Friday. Hurricane warnings have been issued for the Bahamas and tropical storm warnings for the east coast of Florida.
As Sandy gets caught up in a strong upper air trough, the storm will “Bomb Out” into a very powerful super-storm All model data is on board with this scenario now and a major east coast or New England States impact is likely late in the weekend and to start off next week. This sure looks to become historic storm that we’ll be talking about for years to come. If the setup is just right, major snows are possible for parts of the Appalachian Mountains. More to come on this…
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