Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Good afternoon! After taking a close look at the newer data, our forecast seems to be right on track, with no major changes in our thinking at this time. I sure had a gully washer at my house in Tuscaloosa last night and it looks like a good soaking is about take place across the entire area. A mass of rain will lift into to Alabama tonight in response to low pressure. Already there have been lots of reports of severe weather over South Mississippi in response to this system and it’s associated warm sector. As the low lifts in we will have periods of rain with some thunderstorms possible late, especially south. This activity will continue into tomorrow morning and gradually taper off. Look for a northwest wind to develop as the systems swings a cold front through the area. Tonight we will drop into the 50s. The temperatures will be tricky as we could reach our high near 63-degrees after midnight and then level off through tomorrow morning. Once the north wind develops tomorrow, we will steadily drop towards our low of 40-degrees tomorrow night.

Saturday will be the in-between period, with partly to mostly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. Highs will be in the 60s, with lows in the upper 30s. On Christmas Eve low pressure will pass to our southeast and bring us a cold rain event. Look for rain through Sunday night and into Christmas morning. Highs on Christmas will only reach the upper 40s early, with a steady fall in temperatures. It is going to be a very cold and raw day.

A snow flurry can’t be ruled out Christmas night as trailing upper level energy works through the state. Lows will be just below freezing, with a very cold north wind. A sprinkle or flurry will be possible early Tuesday morning; otherwise, the rest of the day will be dry with lots of clouds and cold temperatures. Partly to mostly sunny weather will return for Tuesday and another gulf storm will bring more rain, followed by colder weather late next week.

Updated by: Chief Meteorlogist Wes Wyatt

9:35pm Radar Upadate

The radar shows some rain over portions of West Alabama. While most of it has been light in Tuscaloosa County, some heavier rain is falling in Sumter, Green, and Pickens County. Places in northern Sumter County have seen the heaviest rain; cities such as Geigner, Emelle, and Gainesville have received at-least a quarter inch of rain in the past few hours. All of this rain is slowly moving northeast. It looks like the city of Tuscaloosa may be picking up some rain within the next hour. Stay tuned to Wes Wyatt tonight at 10.

WVUA-Weather:Richard Scott