Weather Discussion October 12, 2009 3:53 PM

October is typically our driest month of the year and so far we have seen the opposite. We’ve measured between 1-3 inches of rain across our area today and a flash flood watch has been in place. Showers continue to stream in from the west and this activity will gradually diminish tonight. The National Weather Service is planning on allowing the Flash Flood Watch to expire at 4:00 p.m. Tonight the sky will remain cloudy, with rain showers before midnight.

A west to east upper air flow will guide another low pressure system our way tomorrow. As this low approaches, a front stalled to our south will head northward. This will be the focal point for more rain and thunderstorms late tomorrow night and into the day on Wednesday. Therefore, tomorrow we should escape the heavy rain during the morning and early afternoon. The upper air flow will shift on Thursday forcing another disturbance through the region. We will have a good chance for rain and thunderstorms, with highs in the 70s. The threat for flash flooding will return Wednesday and on Thursday so be sure to stay with us. According to HPC, an additional 1-3 inches of rain will be possible over the next few days.

Colder and drier air will be dropping into the state on Friday. The sky will remain cloudy, with a few showers or mist possible. Highs on Friday will be in the 60s, with a north wind developing. You can expect lows in the 40s Friday night, with gradual clearing. It is going to feel like and Alabama Homecoming weekend in Tuscaloosa, with lots of sunshine. Highs will be in the 60s on Saturday, with lows in the 40s Saturday night.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist