Thanksgiving Afternoon Update – 4:58 p.m.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you didn’t do what I did, eat too much.  The weather has been fantastic today with periods of clouds and some sunshine with mild temperatures.  We were in the middle and upper 60s this afternoon.  Unfortunately, the nice weather won’t be sticking around.

Tonight, clouds will increase and by early Friday morning, we could see a few showers in the area, especially south of Tuscaloosa.  So, if you’re going to hit some of the sales tomorrow morning, make sure you’re prepared for possible wet weather!

If you’re heading to Tuscaloosa to shop, here’s a breakdown of the forecast:

5:00 a.m. — Mostly Cloudy to Cloudy Skies — 52-Degrees — A Few Light Showers Possible — Calm Wind

7:00 a.m. — Cloudy Skies — 54-Degrees — A Few Light Showers Possible —  Calm Wind

5:00 a.m. — Cloudy Skies — 58-Degrees — A Few Light Showers Possible — Light & Variable Wind

If you’re heading to one of the shopping areas in Birmingham or Hoover, the weather will be similar with maybe a degree or two difference in the early morning temperatures.

Generally, Friday will be cloudy with periods of showers around the area.  There could be some rumbles of thunder as well, especially south of a line from Pickensville to Tuscaloosa to Clanton.  The high temperature will be 64.

Friday night, lows will be at 54-degrees and more rain is expected as a cold front moves into the area from the northwest and stalls… becoming stationary.  It will provide an axis for waves of energy to ride along through Saturday. So what does this mean for the Iron Bowl football game in Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon? Two words: rain gear.

With that stationary front in place, and a low pressure system riding along it through west and central Alabama, expect periods of rain through Saturday.  Exact timing is tough to pinpoint, so be ready for a wet game.  Temperatures will be in the middle to upper 50s Saturday afternoon with a light wind out of the east-southeast.

As that low exits to the east Saturday evening, colder air will be pulled in behind it.  Sunday’s high temperature will be about 49-degrees.  That will come early in the day with temperatures slowly falling through the day. There could be some leftover moisture in the area, so there could be a few showers early Sunday.

Monday, with the cold air in place, and some more moisture expected, we could see some light sprinkles, or even some snow flurries… Not enough to worry about.  Highs Monday will be in the middle 40s with lows that morning in the middle 30s.

Tuesday looks to be dry with some sunshine returning, but still cold with highs in the upper-40s.

Wednesday some warmer air returns and highs will be at 60 around West Alabama.  Look for another chance of showers with our next storm system Thursday of next week.

Wes will be in with the weather on our 10:00 p.m. newscast. Friday, tune in for the latest weather on WVUA News at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.

I’m taking a few days off… so enjoy the long holiday weekend and I’ll see you on the air in about a week!

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather