Friday Afternoon Weather Discussion 3:59 PM

The forecast is right on track this afternoon with rain now lifting into the viewing area. The rain will be rather light initially and a more steady rain will develop this evening. You can expect the wet weather to continue through tonight and there may be a few rumbles of thunder, especially in areas south of Tuscaloosa. Temperatures will cool into the low to mid 50s as the rain begins and the mercury will hover near that mark through much of tonight. As for tomorrow, the rain should move out early in the day, with some afternoon clearing. We should end up with rain totals ranging between a quarter inch and half inch. Some areas south of highway 80 could end up with totals near one inch.

If you have big plans for Valentines Day I do expect breaks into the clouds by tomorrow afternoon. Highs will be reaching the lower 60s, with lows in the 40s tomorrow night. The low pressure area passing to our north will swing a cold front into the area by noon tomorrow and the winds will become northwesterly. We will have breaks in the clouds through the early evening tomorrow night and then clouds will increase again late in the night. Another disturbance will roll in early on Sunday providing another good coverage of rain. As this mass of rain departs Alabama, the cold front associated with this system will clear the state, with drier air settling in. Monday will be a mostly sunny day, with a cold start. We will start off the day with a low of 35 and then we will warm into the upper 50s.

The active February pattern will continue next week. I’m expecting a dry Tuesday for the most part, with rain during the evening hours. Another low pressure area will move into the region and bring a chance of rain and thunderstorms for Wednesday. This system will move through fairly quickly and we will enjoy a couple of dry days on Thursday and Friday. There will be another cold front entering the area next weekend; however, the rainfall potential with this particular feature doesn’t look too impressive according to the latest model runs.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist