Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

It’s been a windy day and higher gusts will be possible tonight as a tighter pressure gradient develops over the region. A cold front is currently positioned near Little Rock, Arkansas and there is quite a temperature contrast with this feature. At the time of this posting, Little Rock was sitting at 75-degrees, while Kansas City was at 12-dergees. That is an amazing 63-degree drop in temperature over a very short distance! Needless to say a very cold-dense air mass is sending a cold front our way. As the front progresses towards Alabama, we will have the chance for rain and thunderstorms through the evening hours. Some strong thunderstorms could materialize through 9:00 p.m. Also, the threat for windy conditions will be in place all night, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

The front will race through tonight and we will wake up to readings in the 30s tomorrow morning. It’s still going to be rather breezy, tomorrow morning especially, with sunshine returning. This break in the rain won’t last long however, as the parade of storm systems continues.

Another potent area of low pressure will swing out of the Rockies on Thursday and this will send clouds and rain in our direction. The warmer sector of this storm system looks to only reach the southern portion of our area late Thursday and that is where the threat for severe weather will develop. A slight risk for severe weather has been issued by SPC for the far southern portion of our area. Elsewhere, the air mass will remain cool, with a steady rain thru Thursday night. There may be a few rumbles of thunder as far north as Tuscaloosa. As the frontal boundary leading the cold/stable air swings into Alabama, the temperatures will then fall through Friday. The rain will gradually taper off by Friday afternoon. As the deeper layer of cold air wraps in, the precipitation could end as snow flurries over our northern counties. Saturday and Sunday will be pleasant days, with our attention shifting to another big rain maker due around Tuesday of next week.

January is going to be nice to us in the rainfall department. According to the HPC 5-day precipitation estimates, as shown in the above graphic, we could see nearly 3 inches of rain over portions of our area. Be sure to stay with your Home Team station for the latest updates.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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