Saturday Update – Posted 7:40 p.m.

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We’ve seen a wave of heavy rain and thunderstorms roll through West Alabama.  Most of it has left the area.  We’ll see some light showers and drizzle through the rest of the evening.  At the Tuscaloosa Airport, we’ve picked up about a third of an inch of rain today.

Overnight, we could see more showers and thunderstorms, especially south of Tuscaloosa.  I think most of use will stay dry.

Tomorrow, a cold front moves into the area.  This will help spark more showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours of Sunday.  Ahead of the front, we’ll see temperatures get into the lower 70s.  I’m forecasting a high of 71 in Tuscaloosa.

That front will hang up to the south of us and keep our weather unsettled into the middle of the week.

A wave of energy will ride along it Monday into Tuesday and then a front will push through later Tuesday, getting this messy weather out of here early Wednesday.

There could be strong storms on Sunday and again Tuesday across the area.

Temperatures will return to more seasonable levels after Sunday… with highs in the 50s and lows ranging from the middle 40s early in the week, to the lower 30s by week’s end.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather

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Significant Weather Alert – Tuscaloosa & Bibb Counties Until 6 p.m.

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
518 PM CST SAT JAN 3 2009

ALZ023-034-040000-
BIBB-TUSCALOOSA-
518 PM CST SAT JAN 3 2009

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT FOR BIBB AND TUSCALOOSA COUNTIES UNTIL 600 PM CST…

AT 514 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM NEAR MCFARLAND MALL…OR 8 MILES SOUTH OF TUSCALOOSA… MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

WINDS UP TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM AND SMALL HAIL.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH INCLUDE…
MAXWELL.
MCFARLAND MALL.
COTTONDALE.
HOLT.
HOLT LOCK AND DAM.
DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…COMMERCIAL RADIO…OR YOUR LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS CONCERNING THIS WEATHER SITUATION.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather