Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion; Posted at 6:45 p.m.

Very warm weather was with us again today, with temperatures in the lower to middle 70s; in-fact, it is still 71 degrees at the Tuscaloosa Airport as I’m writing this discussion. Temperatures will slowly cool off into the middle 60s by midnight. Clouds will continue to hang tough for the rest of the night, and rain will increase from west to east.

All day, there have been numerous severe weather and even some tornado reports as far north as northern Missouri. A Spring-like system has been moving across the Midwest today and is bringing some severe weather to places that don’t normally see rough weather this time of the year. Now that the sun has set, showers and thunderstorms are weakening, which is some good news for us. There is still an outside chance for a strong storm or two along and north of I-20/59, but that chance is decreasing. A squall line has set up from Chicago, southward to Huston, Texas. We will all see some rainfall out of this late tonight. The best timing on this will be 10 – 11 p.m. across northwest Alabama, 12 – 1 am in Tuscaloosa, and 2 – 6 am for Demopolis. The line of showers and storms will be weakening as it progresses across the state, as daytime heating will be lost, and the best upper air support will be moving well to our north.

Cooler air will roll into Alabama tomorrow, with temperatures only reaching 60 degrees for a high. That is cooler compared to the near record warmth we felt today. Clouds will hang around for much of the day and showers will stick around south of Highway 80. Skies will clear out by Sunday night, with lows in the upper 30s. High pressure will settle into the state on Monday, and we will see lots of sun and nice conditions; highs will make the lower 60s. On Tuesday, a big warm-up will take place, with temperatures in the upper 60s. This will be temporary, as a surge of cooler air moves in on Wednesday and Thursday; highs will be back down in the upper 50s on Thursday. The computer models have now trended drier with that system, so I’ve taken the rain out of the forecast on New Year’s Eve day. Expect a few clouds but that’s about it.

We will quickly warm up into the 60s on Friday, with an approaching storm system. This one bears watching, as we will be in more of a favorable spot for strong storms. Stay with us as we fine-tune the forecast for Friday. A quick shot of colder air works in on Saturday, as highs stay in the 50s. Be sure to join me tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest look on your weather forecast. Have a great Saturday!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

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