Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Today we’ve had times of clouds and sun. There have been some spotty showers over north Alabama in association with a weak cold front. These showers may clip the northern portion of the area, like Cullman and Winston Counties this evening. Other than a stray shower or sprinkle, we will stay dry tonight, with partly sunny skies for tomorrow.

Saturday is almost here and the weather won’t be too bad. We will have a partly sunny sky at times, with the sky growing mostly cloudy tomorrow night. There will be the chance for a stray afternoon shower, but the bulk of the rain should hold off until the late night hours. A large low pressure area spinning out of Texas will help to pull warm/moist air northward. There is a moderate risk for severe weather over East Texas tomorrow and this zone will be the primary focus area for active weather. The threat for thunderstorms will spread eastward tomorrow night and by Sunday we will have a threat for thunderstorms locally, especially in areas south of Tuscaloosa. There will be a slight risk for severe weather in place tomorrow night and Sunday, for locations south of the I-20 corridor. There will be plenty of upper air support available; however, the amount of low level instability will be a main factor in the northward extent of heavy storms.

As the storms and rain press eastward, we will have a big drop off in temperatures. We will go from readings near the 70-degree mark on Sunday to temperatures down in the 30s Sunday night. Monday will start off much colder and sunshine will be making return. The snow flurry potential we mentioned in earlier forecast discussion’s, seems to be fading in the data. With skies clearing Monday night, we will be dropping below freezing. Look for dry conditions to prevail through the mid portion of the week, with showers returning on Thursday. Another rain maker will bring unsettled weather for next weekend.

(Image Source: SPC Severe Outlook For Tomorrow)

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA