Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update

It’s been a busy afternoon here in the weather center trying to get a good handle on the big changes that lie ahead. First off, we will see a good chance of rain late Thursday and into the day on Friday. Temperatures have recovered nicely today as a cold front has basically dissipated over the state. A northeast breeze, in response to an area of high pressure north of us, is making for a comfortable day. Tonight we will drop into the 40s and fog shouldn’t be as big of a problem, as the winds won’t be as calm. A nice cloud shield is approaching and we should awake to overcast skies tomorrow.

You won’t have too much to worry about weather-wise tomorrow. Other than a partly to mostly cloudy sky, the day will be dry for the most part. Highs will be in the 60s and tomorrow night we will drop into the 50s. A stray shower can’t be ruled out tomorrow night or early Thursday, but still dry conditions will dominate most of the area. Late Thursday a band of rain will move in and we could have a thunderstorm, especially south of Tuscaloosa. Thursday night and early Friday this band of rain will gradually push south of us and we will have a temporary dry period.

Friday night and on Saturday we will have partly cloudy conditions. Temperatures will be topping out in the upper 50s and at night the temperatures will be dropping into the 40s. Our second big rainmaker will be taking shape to our south and lifting out of the gulf. Low-pressure will track into south Alabama and spread lots of rain into our area late Saturday night and on Christmas Eve. The heaviest rain will be lifting out of the region by Christmas morning and we will have a cold northwest wind in place. Temperatures will stay in the 40s on Christmas Day, with lots of clouds. The clouds will linger into Tuesday as trailing upper level energy passes through. This feature could bring us a shower late Christmas Night or a few snow flurries to parts of the Tennessee Valley. Just the mention of snow in Alabama near Christmas is quite unique. The flurry situation will not be a big deal and if anything changes we will be the first to let you know. Be sure to tune in tonight at five, six, and ten for a complete forecast update!

Updated By: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt