Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion; Posted at 5:20 p.m.

Today was another very warm day, with temperatures in the lower to middle 70s across much of the state. A breezy south wind has developed this afternoon ahead of a very strong cold front to our west. While showers have remained mainly north of Tuscaloosa today, things will be changing through the overnight hours. A band of showers and thunderstorms have developed in the western portions of Mississippi and are moving in our direction. There is some thought that a few storms could grow strong tonight, so be sure to stay with us incase a storm or two gets out of hand. Otherwise, a squall line will quickly march across the state, with strong winds and lightning possible. Most locations will end up with a half inch of rain before cold air enters the picture.

A strong cold front will move through around midnight, which will set the stage for a howling north wind tomorrow, which is just in time for the first day of Winter. Winds could gust as high as 30 MPH, with temperatures hovering in the upper 40s in Tuscaloosa. Lower 50s can be expected along and south of highway 80 and upper 30s for the Tennessee valley of north Alabama. It will certainly be one of the days you will just want to stay indoors. The temperatures will plummet after dark, with lows Sunday night in the upper teens for places north of Tuscaloosa; even lower 20s as far south as Demopolis and Selma. On Monday, we’ll see maximum sunshine, with highs in the middle 40s. It will remain cold until Tuesday, when temperatures will quickly recover into the middle 50s. Showers will enter the picture late in the day, and a good chance of rain will be here in time for Christmas Eve. It will be very warm, with highs in the upper 60s on Wednesday. The data has trimmed back on the front pushing through here for Christmas, so I’ve put rain back in the forecast for Christmas Day. With the front stalling out right over west Alabama, expect on and off rain showers to continue for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will remain very warm, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s by the weekend.

Be sure to join us tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your weather forecast. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor