Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

As we mentioned on Tuesday, we were up all night monitoring the weather Monday night as thunderstorms raced over the state. Here is a statement that was released from The National Weather Service: “Survey crews found a wide swath of 90 to 105 mph straight-line wind damage, with hundreds of trees and numerous power lines toppled, along with multiple structures… homes and businesses. The primary damage swath moved generally from west to east, starting in the southern portion of Metro Birmingham and continuing all the way to the Georgia state line. You can find the complete survey report by clicking here.”

A cold front is on the way and this will bring us the chance for a few showers tomorrow night. In the meantime, we will have lows cooling into the 30s tonight, with lows just above freezing. Tomorrow will be a day with cloudy periods, and then rain will arrive tomorrow night. The front that’s moving in will be weakening and I’m not expecting severe weather with this feature, but only a few rain showers. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out however, the activity will be moving out quickly with more sunshine on Saturday.

The weekend will be nice, but I’m afraid it’s going to come with a price as more active weather is expected on Monday. Both Saturday and Sunday will be partly to mostly sunny days, with highs nearing the 70-degree mark. On Monday a vigorous upper air storm system will be swinging over the southeast and this will bring us a chance of rain and heavy thunderstorms. Temperatures will plummet Monday night as an upper air low passes nearby. The dynamics with this system will likely set the stage for a period of snow or cold rain late Monday night and into Tuesday. The pattern will stay on the cold side through midweek, with another chance for rain or snow by next Thursday. Stay tuned!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Weather