NOAA Issues Winter Outlook

 

 

 

 

 

NOAA released its U.S. Winter Outlook yesterday, the forecast and data was compiled by scientists at the Climate Prediction Center. For the southeast, the forecast calls for an increased chance of above normal temperatures in the central and western parts, along with below-normal precipitation. Click here for NOAA’s complete report.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Friday Afternoon Discussion Update 4:27 PM

There is only one high school football game going on this evening in West Alabama. That game is the Pickens County and Reel Town game in Reform. You will want to dress in layers before heading out tonight as temperatures will be dropping below the critical freezing point well before midnight. We will have pipe bursting cold tonight so make sure everything is properly winterized. Lows tonight will be near 20 degrees in many spots. In fact, we may set a new record low in Tuscaloosa, as the current low for tomorrow is 22 degrees, which was set back in 1964.

You can expect another sunny day for tomorrow and we should start thawing out by mid-morning, with afternoon highs in the 50s. Brace for another freeze tomorrow night, with a clear sky and calm winds, lows will be in the middle 20s. A south flow will develop this weekend and especially on Sunday in response to a departing high. Clouds will increase on Sunday and I’m expecting a chance of rain on Monday. This will not be an all day soaking rain, but look for a milder day on Monday, with a passing shower late. The rain will quickly depart, with clearing on Tuesday. Our temperatures will drop slightly, but now I’m not expecting the extreme cold to return for our Thanksgiving Holiday.

Long range data is showing another rain maker arriving for Friday of next week and if the current data holds true, the back edge of the rain should depart just in time for the Iron Bowl game. We will keep you posted, have a great evening and stay warm!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist