Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

This afternoon we’ve only managed to warm into the lower 50s and some areas have reached the 40s. Some high level clouds have helped to filter out the sunshine, aiding in making it a cooler day. Tonight a light south wind and additional cloud cover should keep us above freezing. Still, we’re in for a very cold night, with temperatures expected to be in the upper 30s by midnight. If you’re tired of the cold weather already then hang in there. Tomorrow we will warm into the mid 60s and 70-degree highs are expected for the weekend.

Another disturbance is passing to our north and the precipitation associated with this feature will also stay well north of our area. This feature will basically provide a few clouds over the next 48 hours. We will have a partly to mostly sunny day for both tomorrow and Saturday. As more energy passes to our north over the weekend, this will try to pull a cold front into the state. The front however, will make little eastward progress as a ridge of high pressure builds into Alabama. This will set the stage for comfortable afternoons, with highs in the 70s. A stray shower or two could make it as far east as northwest Alabama on Sunday and Monday. For now I’ve included a small chance of a shower for that timeframe.

The ridge will finally show some signs of weakening by next Wednesday as a storm system over the southwest heads eastward. We will then have a chance for showers and thunderstorms late Wednesday and into Thursday of next week. This doesn’t look to be a long lived rain event, with a much drier and very cold air mass dropping in around Friday of next week. We may have some teens in some locations for overnight lows late next week.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist