Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

We set another record high temperature in Tuscaloosa today, with readings in the upper 70s. Even though it is very warm for December standards, a major cool down is on the way! In fact, the “S” word has actually eased into the long range forecast picture making things more interesting during the weekend timeframe.

First off, this evening the mild temperatures will continue and we will be dropping into the 50s overnight. Some showers have managed to break out over southwest Alabama and showers can’t be ruled out in our area late tomorrow. A very cold air mass responsible for an ice storm over the Plains states will start moving eastward and this will send a sharp cold front through the state early Thursday morning. This will bring us our best chance for a few passing showers, with colder temperatures. Highs will only reach the middle 60s on Thursday.

Temperatures will be slightly milder on Friday and Friday night as low pressure takes shape over south Alabama. This feature will develop in response to the sharp thermal gradient over the southeast. As the low moves through on Saturday, thunderstorms will become possible in areas south of Demopolis. Around here we will have a big drop off in temperatures Saturday night, with some snow possibly mixing in Saturday night as the deeper moisture departs. Right now I don’t see this causing any travel problems due to the warmer ground temperatures we’re currently dealing with. Of-course, it sure will be an abrupt change, as far as temperatures are concerned. Stay tuned!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist