Saturday Evening Weather Update; Posted at 8:20 p.m.

I hope your Saturday has been nice. If you were outside today, you’ve noticed a big difference between the warm 70s yesterday and the chilly 50s today. A cold front moved through the area before daylight, which sent temperatures in a downhill direction. Temperatures stayed in the 50s for much of the day. Now that the sun has set, temperatures are beginning to get colder. Many locations are in the 40s, but with clouds hanging around, we won’t get cold in a hurry. Low level clouds act as a blanket and keep the temperatures from quickly dropping off. We’ll see some showers south of Tuscaloosa tonight, but rainfall will be light. Also, as clouds break apart after midnight, temperatures will be allowed to reach the upper 30s. With some low level moisture present, we will also see some fog developing after midnight.

Tomorrow, we’ll have some clearing, with a mix of sun and clouds. Expect more chilly weather to be here, as highs approach the lower 50s. There is still a chance for a shower or two south of town; this will mainly be in the morning hours. Sunday night, temperatures will drop into the upper 30s. A big warm-up is in the forecast for Monday, as highs top out in the lower 60s. As a warm front lifts northward across the state, we’ll get a south flow on Monday and Tuesday. We will continue to see partly cloudy skies for Monday and Tuesday, with a few showers developing on Tuesday. I have a 30% chance for rain in the forecast for areas north of Tuscaloosa. I think everyone south of I–20/59 will remain dry. On Tuesday, highs will make the middle 60s, and upper 60s can be expected on Wednesday.

A strong cold front is expected to sweep through the state on Thursday, which will bring a state-wide coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Instability values don’t look impressive, so don’t expect severe weather. It will be a tricky forecast on Thursday, with a huge contrast in temperatures. Hamilton may stay in the 40s all day, Tuscaloosa will reach 60 degrees around midnight, and Demopolis will experience middle to upper 60s. A slow moving front will move from northwest to southeast across our viewing area. Skies will remain mostly cloudy through much of Thursday. On Friday, temperatures will be in the 40s, with a brisk north wind. Skies will clear out during the day, and a warm up will begin on Saturday, with highs in the upper 50s. Be sure to join us tonight at 10 pm for the latest on your forecast on WVUA-TV. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor