Friday Afternoon Update/Weekend Severe Weather Potential

The day started off very chilly with lows ranging from 34-degrees in Livingston to 41-degrees in Tuscaloosa. The good news is that temperatures are recovering quickly and the forecast looks great for today. Satellite imagery reveals lots clouds to our west, but most of these clouds have eroded after moving into the more stable environment over us. Look for mostly sunny skies to continue today, with highs near 67-degrees.

The main focus now is on the weekend picture as we will be watching a complex storm system move through the region. Tomorrow clouds will increase and a gusty south wind develop. A line of rain and thunderstorms will march our way throughout the day and this activity will arrive late tomorrow night. According to the latest data around 11:00 p.m. the rain and storms will start impacting counties to our northwest and then the line will gradually shift through the entire area by 9:00 p.m. There will be a lot of upper level energy with this storm system, the question is how unstable will the lower levels be. At this stage it still looks like some strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible…we’ll keep you posted.

Dry/cooler air will quickly settle in behind the stormy weather on Sunday and we may catch some afternoon sunshine. The good news is that temperatures will remain on the mild side behind the weekend storm system. Highs for Monday and Tuesday will be near 70, with lots of sunshine. Another storm system will bring more rain and thunderstorms on Thursday. The really cold air could quite possible make a return behind this system.

Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt