Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

As this very dry March of 2007 comes to a close, rain chances will finally creep back into the forecast. This weekend one of the best rain opportunities in over a week will be in place across the state. First off, a wedge of cooler air has moved into northeast Alabama and this backdoor front has made it into parts of the area. This will bring a comfortable east-southeast breeze today, with highs in the low 80s. The change is very noticeable over eastern Alabama and right now while Tuscaloosa is at 67-degrees, places like Gadsden are still in the middle 50s. We will remain dry today and tonight, with patchy cloud cover overhead.

Tomorrow will be a partly to mostly cloudy day and as temperatures warm, a stray shower or thunderstorm may develop. We will have a cold front dropping into the area late tomorrow night and this will bring us a good chance of rain on Sunday. The front will stall across the area and we will also have the threat of thunderstorms, which may be strong. Highs on Sunday will be in the 70s.

The stationary front will linger nearby on Monday and as temperatures warm, scattered showers and thunderstorms will redevelop. Upper level energy tracking across the country will help develop an area of low pressure that will pull along the front and bring us another good chance of rain late Tuesday and into the day on Wednesday.

Overall, the news is looking better and the data continues to hint that many spots will see up an inch of rain on Sunday. April will be bringing a welcomed shift in the pattern, with more rain possible next week. In fact, a cold front around Easter Weekend could bring showers and colder air to the region. Be sure to join us tonight at five, six, and ten for more details! (Graphic: HPC Forecast Rain Totals Days 1-3).

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

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