Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion; Posted at 6:10 p.m.

A good Saturday to you! We’ve dealt with strong cold air advection today, with a breeze northwest wind. Colder air has dropped into the entire state; in-fact, most everyone is in the 40s across north and central Alabama. Tuscaloosa’s high was 59 degrees, but that was recorded at midnight. Temperatures have been dropping every since. We’ve set in the lower 50s and upper 40s all afternoon. This has set the stage for a raw day for the Alabama vs. Mississippi State football game in Tuscaloosa. To make things even worse, a few light sprinkles and cloudy skies have been around all day. Skies will finally clear out late tonight, which will allow for temperatures to cool off to 31 degrees. This is an average number, so expect upper 20s north of Tuscaloosa and middle 30s to the south. There could even be some snow flurries for the mountains in northeast Alabama. The Smoky Mountains could see some snowfall accumulations; in-fact, Gatlinburg, TN will likely have an inch or two on the ground in the morning.

On Sunday, mostly sunny weather will make a return, but expect a chilly day, as highs will only reach the lower 50s. As high pressure moves in Sunday night, winds will go calm, which will set the stage for some very cold readings. Lows will reach 28, with widespread frost around the area. Slightly warmer weather will move in on Monday, but it will be short lived. A cold front will move in Tuesday morning, which will drop highs back into the middle 50s. With a very dry air mass in place, don’t expect any rain out of it. Mostly sunny skies will continue on through the rest of the work-week, with highs in the middle to upper 50s. Another front is due in here sometime on Thursday or Friday, but there is some conflicting data on that setup. Colder weather will be in here by next weekend, with highs in the middle 50s and lows slightly below freezing. Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your weather forecast. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor