Thursday Afternoon Weather Discussion; Posted at 6:20 p.m.

After some nice but cool weather today, conditions will be rapidly changing overnight. Clear skies are over Tuscaloosa and temperatures are quickly cooling off. A batch of rain is expected to develop and move in our direction after midnight. The rain will be light and fog may become a problem late as moisture levels increase. Lows will reach the upper 30s at midnight and begin a slow climb into the 40s by daylight. Clouds will be around through the noon-time hour tomorrow, with a chance for light rain showers to continue. Friday, highs will reach the upper 50s, with a cold front knocking on our door. This front will run out of energy and stall out nearby. On Saturday, the front will quickly lift north as a warm front. This will send warm and moist air into much of Alabama; in-fact, there’s a good bet most of us reach 70 degrees on Saturday. Clouds will be on an increase ahead of our next storm system.

A vigorous storm system will develop just to our west on Saturday and spread severe weather into western Mississippi. Showers will increase across our western counties and a breezy south wind will develop. Don’t expect much in the way of severe weather around here, but we’ll be watching for any storm to grow strong. Most of the action will be west of Alabama. As the sun sets, we will lose a lot of daytime heating before the storms make it in here. It will turn into a heavy rain event during the overnight hours. Also, the front will begin to lose it’s upper-air support and will stall over south Alabama. This will dry us out for the afternoon hours on Sunday.

A surface low will develop over the Texas coastline and move along the stationary front by Monday. Rain will increase from west to east and could be heavy across our area. The best idea is that the low will track across southern Alabama. This will place much of the state in the cool air sector of the storm system. Expect temperatures in the middle 50s on Monday and lower 50s by Tuesday. As the system lifts out on Tuesday, we’ll have a sharp change to colder weather, with temperatures back in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday. Be sure to join be tonight at 10 p.m., as I’ll be in for Wes Wyatt this evening. Take care and have a Happy New Year!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor