Tuesday Forecast Update/Severe Weather Threat

Its looking like we’re about to go through a very stormy period. Rain and thunderstorms are already breaking out to the southeast of our area. The rain is now pushing into East Central Mississippi and this activity will be reaching our area this evening. This is the result of warm moist air now lifting in from the Gulf of Mexico and temperatures will level off as the rain settles in tonight. The temperatures may actually go up a degree or two by daybreak.

An area of low pressure located to our northwest, centered over Arkansas, will be in a rapid deepening phase tomorrow. We will have a gusty south wind overnight and into the day tomorrow. Rain will be falling at times tomorrow and we will have a line of thunderstorms developing to our west and marching eastward starting early in the day. Right now the storm prediction center has a MODERATE RISK for severe weather in place. Due to the dynamics with this system, there is plenty of lift in the atmosphere, and veering winds to promote the possibility of high winds and isolated tornadoes. If temperatures manage to top the 70-degree mark tomorrow that will further enhance the chance for some strong to severe thunderstorms to develop. The storms should be crossing the West Alabama state line before 10:00 a.m. and marching across from west to east. The greatest threat for severe weather at this time looks to be in locations along and south of the Interstate 20/59 Corridor. We will be monitoring the setup for you and remember while on the road you can hear the latest updates through our radio affiliate at 102.9 FM.

Very cold air will wrap into the storm system late tomorrow and temperatures will take a tumble into the 40s tomorrow night. The main storm center will pass to our north tomorrow night and this will spark light showers, drizzle or mist through early Thursday. Thursday will be a very cold and raw day as highs will struggle to reach 50-degrees. A cold north wind will add to the misery, with high gusts at times. Look for improvements on Friday with sunshine returning and highs in the 60s.

Updated By: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt

Evening Temperature Update

The skies are clear and the temperatures are taking a tumble. At 9pm, the temperatures were already in the 40s across most of the state. Here are some of the 9pm observations:

Tuscaloosa: 48
Columbus, MS: 45
Muscle Shoals: 44
Meridian, MS: 47
Montgomery: 48
Anniston: 41
Gadsden: 44

Richard Scott – WVUA TV Weather