Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update

A friend on mine was leading the severe weather coverage for the local NBC affiliate in Little Rock, AR over the weekend. He was talking about touring the areas impacted by the tornadoes Saturday night. The area hardest hit was in and around the town of Dumas, which is on highway 65, just south of Pine Bluff. This severe weather event is being named the “Dumas Disaster”; however, some are now calling it the “Miracle in Dumas.” Three EF-2 tornadoes and one EF-3 tornado touched down in central and eastern Arkansas Saturday night. There were nearly 30 injuries, and 3 serious, in the town of Dumas. The good news is that there were no fatalities, and considering some of the damage, that’s where the term “miracle” comes in. One report I heard about was a two-story occupied house completely leveled. Also, I heard about debris being thrown around such as a sheet of tin roofing wrapped three times around a light pole. Thankfully, things weren’t nearly as bad here. In fact, the weather so far this week has been about as good as it can get in Alabama. We’ve had lots of sunshine today, which allowed us to warm into the comfy low 70s. Tonight as skies clear, lows will be dropping to near 39-degrees.

Tomorrow we will have an increase in clouds and this will be in response to a surge of warm/moist air lifting in from the Gulf. This will cause a rapid increase in clouds by the early evening hours tomorrow and tomorrow night look for showers to arrive. There could be a couple of thunderstorms pop-up late tomorrow night. A storm system organizing to our west will force the surge of unstable air into Alabama. Look for highs in the upper 70s on Thursday and it’s going to be slightly on the humid side, with a gusty south wind. Thunderstorms will break out ahead of a cold front and move through just after lunchtime on Thursday. Some of these storms may grow severe. Be sure to stay with us as we monitor things. We’re already under a slight risk outlook for severe weather on Thursday and this was issued by The Storm Prediction Center.

After the storms pass, temperatures will gradually take a tumble to near 49-degrees by Friday morning. A cooler push of air will lag behind and this will reach us on Saturday. Basically, old man winter is still around and he will send us some chilly conditions for the weekend. Highs for both Saturday and Sunday will be in the 50s, with lows near freezing. Look for a gradual warm-up starting on Monday of next week.

Join us tonight for more details!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV