Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion: Posted at 6:30 p.m.

A good Saturday to you! If you got a chance to go outdoors today, the weather was perfect, with temperatures near 60 degrees in many locations. Tonight, skies will continue to be clear, but a cold night is expected, as lows approach 33 degrees. On Sunday, the weather will be even warmer than today, with highs near 64 degrees. So, this talk of wintry weather and middle 60s can be a little mind boggling. First, we are going to deal with a flow out of the south, which will bring some warm gulf air; that will be shortly lived, as cold air will be funneling in from the north. An area of low pressure will be developing over the Gulf of Mexico, which will bring a round of showers to the state. Will the cold air and precipitation meet up over Alabama?

A cold front will move into northwest Alabama during the day on Monday, with rain still around. There is still some indication that we could get a brief mix of rain and snow during the afternoon hours, but it looks like most of it will be in the form of rain. The surface low is now forecasted to go further south and be weaker. This will enable it to wrap in a lot of cold air in a hurry, which will spare us from a wintry mess. In my forecast, I have a chance for rain on Monday, with most of that coming during the morning hours. There could be a brief change over to light snow, but temperatures will remain above freezing. Don’t expect any travel issues or accumulations. It is still fairly early in the game, so conditions may change. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog page and join us tonight at 10 p.m. on our live newscast for the latest on the weather.

As an upper-air disturbance pivots in from the northwest, we could still have enough moisture across our area to squeeze out some light snow or snow flurries. At the most, there could be a dusting north of Tuscaloosa on Tuesday; highs will only reach 42 degrees. Tuesday night, we will all go dry, as lows make it into the lower 20s. A few locations may reach the upper teens over the Tennessee Valley. On Wednesday, highs will continue in the 40s, but a big warm-up is expected on Thursday; highs will make it into the upper 50s. There will continue to be a sunny sky throughout the rest of the week. Clouds will begin to increase late on Friday, with highs near 61 degrees. A small chance for a shower works in on Saturday. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor