Monday Forecast Discussion Update

We started off this week with some big time temperature changes, thanks to the passage of a cold front. With that said, I should have known way in advance that it was going to be cold today because every year it’s always chilly for the West Alabama Christmas Parade. That event will be getting kicked off at 6:30 tonight in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Last night a front shifted through around midnight bringing some rainfall. The Tuscaloosa Airport measured a rainfall total of 0.13” and then today the same station showed 40-degree readings through much of the day. To the say the least, this was a sobering reminder of the cold weather season, especially when compared to yesterday.

Tonight you can expect freezing temperatures and as we wake up tomorrow morning, many areas will be in the 20s. Look for some areas of frost as well tomorrow morning, especially in low lying areas.

Over the next couple of days and nights, it’s going to feel like winter in Alabama. A core of fast winds in the jet stream will guide a few high clouds in our direction. We will have sunny weather for the most past, with some clouds at times. By Wednesday night another cold front will be closing in on the area. This will bring us a reinforcing shot of cold air, so we won’t experience the kind of warm-up we had recently. You can expect the front to bring increasing clouds on Thursday, but our chance for rain doesn’t look promising. This boundary will race across, with sunny conditions on Friday.

Another powerhouse storm system will be setting sail for the Midwest and this same system will eventually send us another cold front late Sunday and into Monday. According to the latest data and recent trends, I get the feeling this event will be much like what we dealt with last night. A thin band of rain and thunderstorms may work across the state followed by a big cool down early next week. I will have more details for you tonight at five, six, and ten!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist