Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

It sure was amazing to see the changes that took place over the area yesterday. We had a temperature of 75-degrees at 4:00 p.m., with a thunderstorm. By 5:00 p.m. we were down to 55-degrees, with a northwest wind gusting to 23 mph. The cold blast was certainly noticeable today and the email bag is full of snow reports from across our area. I like the weather services term of “snizzle” because that’s basically what we had. Very small snow, like drizzle compared to rain, falling steadily in many areas. These were dry flakes and some accumulations were seen on rooftops over the northern portions of the coverage area. Our forecast held on track thankfully, and we got the afternoon sunshine. With the sky clearing however, that is going to set the stage for a very cold February night. Lows will be dropping into the middle 20s, with a hard freeze for Valentine’s morning. Tomorrow the sun will break out and highs will be nearing the 60-degree mark.

Clouds will start filtering in tomorrow night in response to a developing storm system. The jet stream will dig into Texas and help spin-up an area of low pressure by Saturday. We will see lots of clouds on Friday, with a shower possible by Friday afternoon. Friday night and into Saturday, scattered showers will be developing and a thunderstorm may develop. We will have a better chance of a thunderstorm by Sunday, especially in areas to the south. The storm activity will be in response to the passage of a front, with colder air moving in Sunday night. Look for a cold start to Monday, with more clouds giving way to sunshine.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA

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A Cold Morning With Snow Flurries

Good morning! The combination of clouds and a cold north wind has made for a much colder day so far. Temperatures at last report were below freezing, with snow flurries across much of the area. I’ll be the first to say that even though I mentioned snow flurries for this morning, I was hoping the clouds would start breaking by now. I noticed my neighbor’s vehicle actually had a dusting of some snow covering the hood and cab this morning.

For now, it looks like we will remain cloudy through at-least the noon time hour. The snow flurries will taper off as the day wears on, but this activity will linger over the northeast part of the coverage area. If we manage to get a sunny period that would allow for a spike in temperatures. I’ve included a visible satellite image and if you try to see the snow on radar you’re probably not going to have too much luck. The snow is so light that you have to look at the radar in its greatest sensitivity mode. It’s still going to be a cold and raw afternoon, with several hours below the freezing mark tonight. Be sure to send us some pictures to wxpics@wvua7.com, if you have any. Robert will be in at 4 and I’ll be in at five, six, and ten. We will be talking about our next big rain maker, which will begin impacting Alabama on Friday.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA