Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Good afternoon! According to the latest visible and IR satellite imagery, there was a nice shield of high clouds streaming in our direction from the southwest. These clouds will filter in overnight and during the early morning hours tomorrow. Temperatures tonight we will be near 29-degrees and we will continue to be chilly throughout the day tomorrow.

An area of low pressure is taking shape over the western Gulf and this system will lift northeast towards the Florida Panhandle. As this system lifts northward, it will also bring milder air northward. This will create an overrunning situation in which clouds will thicken and showers will develop. As the atmosphere cools, due to some evaporative cooling, we may see some sleet mixing in with the rain. This brief rain/sleet mix will not cause any problems locally and all rain can be expected for tomorrow night. The rainfall totals with this system will be in the 0.25” to 0.75” category. This setup will make for very raw conditions, with a cold and occasional light shower through tomorrow night. There may be some travel issues over northeast Alabama and especially over north Georgia. If you have travel plans, be sure to check the latest travel conditions before entering these areas tomorrow night and early Thursday.

Here at home, the rain will be out of the picture by Thursday afternoon and then our attention will turn towards another blast of cold air, due on Friday. This cold air will cause a steady fall in temperatures, with readings dropping into the low 40s by Friday evening. There could be a few snow flurries flying around Friday night, with sunshine returning on Saturday. A cold north wind will make for a chilly Saturday and there may be some lake wind advisories issued. The latest guidance shows freezing temperatures pushing to the Gulf Coast for Saturday morning.

Another close call next week: On Monday, rain will begin to lift into the state and the overrunning moisture may set the stage for a freezing rain threat in the extreme eastern counties of the state. The heart our area will experience another very cold rain for late Monday and into Tuesday. We’ll keep you posted!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist