Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

If you’ve stepped outside this afternoon you probably didn’t want to return indoors. The last few hours have been picture perfect however, that wasn’t the case this morning. Tuscaloosa started off the day setting a new record low of 31-degrees. This replaced the old record of 33-degrees set in 1957. After sunset tonight, we will experience another big cool down, with frosty conditions as we start our Wednesday. There will also be the threat of a light freeze again for our extreme northern counties and for much of east Alabama. It won’t take long for us to warm-up again tomorrow, with more sunshine expected.

We will start to experience some subtle changes tomorrow as a south breeze develops during the day. It is going to feel chilly again tomorrow night but look for pleasantly warm conditions on Thursday. Clouds will start rolling in late Thursday and by Friday we will have mostly cloudy skies, with a good chance of rain and thunderstorms. The catalyst for the rain on Friday will be a cold front and right now the amount of instability in place looks rather limited. Therefore, the threat for severe weather looks rather minimal at this time. Considering the fast changes we’ve had in the weather lately, some adjustments may be needed, so stay with us as we fine tune the details. For now I’m expecting mainly a Friday afternoon rain event, which will taper off Friday night.

Other than chilly conditions Saturday and Sunday morning, we will set into a warming pattern. Warmer air surging in, coupled with a disturbance to our north, may produce a shower on Monday. Otherwise, we will warm toward the 80-degree mark during the first part of next week. Stay tuned!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Chief Meteorologist