Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

A much warmer and more humid air mass has settled in over the area and this has fueled scattered showers today. Even in the absence of rain, there are some ominous looking stratocumulus clouds marching through the area. The warm air will keep us on the mild side tonight and with dewpoints currently in the mid 60s, low temperatures will also be in the 60s. A mild breeze will remain in place through tonight and early tomorrow as an arctic cold front marches in our direction.

The sharp temperature gradient with the advancing front is aiding in the development of low pressure over western Missouri and Arkansas. Right now it is 72-degrees in Little Rock and 32-degree in Oklahoma City. An Ice Storm Warning is in place for Kansas City, MO. The cold air is headed our way and before it gets here you can expect some thunderstorms to march into the state. Some of the storms tomorrow could grow severe, especially as the unstable afternoon air over Alabama is lifted by the approaching cold air. This will happen later tomorrow and then we will have a steady rain with a sharp drop in temperatures tomorrow night. Highs will be in the mid 70s tomorrow and lows will be near 40-degrees by Friday morning. If your going to be traveling into northeast Alabama early Friday morning, plan on giving yourself some extra driving time just in-case there are some slick spots. Temperatures could drop to freezing over some of the higher elevations to the north, and with the rain not long from ending, some isolated slick spots on some roads can’t be ruled out. The good news is that we will all be above freezing by mid-morning.

It’s going to feel like December for sure on Friday and we may see temperatures go up a couple of degrees during the late afternoon. Lows Friday night will be dropping to the freezing mark. Beyond Friday, an upper level trough will keep the gate open to a flow of unseasonably cool air. Look for highs in the 50s through the weekend and early next week. Lows at night will be dropping at or below freezing through Monday night. Bundle up!

I want to congratulate our two winners of the guest weather anchor contest. They are Jake Cook from Rock Quarry Elementary School and Hannah Butler from Englewood Elementary School. I want to thank all of the kids for sending in letters and we are looking forward to having more guest weather anchors on in the future!

Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt

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