Forecast Discussion Update 10/15 3:23 PM

I want to remind you about a National Weather Service spotter training course that will be taking place tonight at the old fire college across from Brunos on McFarland Boulevard. A big thanks to the Tuscaloosa EMA and the NWS for making this happen. We’re working to have another severe weather seminar at the University of Alabama and I will have details soon. Once again the story for today has been rain. Over the past 48 hours, Tuscaloosa has officially picked up 1.23.” The threat for heavy rain will soon end and the focus will turn to the arrival of much colder air for the weekend.

Showers will end tonight with a northerly breeze developing. A cold front is currently pushing through the area and tomorrow we will only have highs in the upper 50s. A trailing upper air trough will dig into the region late tomorrow night and this may produce some light drizzle or a shower. I do expect a cold north wind, with lows in the 40s. Clouds will linger into Saturday and it is going to be a colder day, with highs only near 57 degrees. We will have a cold north wind in place through the evening on Saturday. As Alabama and South Carolina kickoff Saturday night, temperatures will be approaching 49 degrees. Bundle up!

As for low temperatures this weekend, we will wake up to mid 30s Sunday morning. We will also drop into the 30s early Monday morning, with our first chance of frost. A slow temperature recovery will begin early next week, with highs back in the 70s for Tuesday and Wednesday. I do expect increasing clouds late Tuesday, with a chance for a shower returning on Wednesday. Be sure to tune in tonight at four, five, six, and ten for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
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Flash Flood Warning – Lamar County

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… VERNON… SULLIGENT… MILLPORT…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 1033 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETECTED HEAVY RAINFALL FROM SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THAT WILL MOVE INTO LAMAR COUNTY FROM MISSISSIPPI OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. WITH SATURATED GROUNDS FROM PREVIOUS RAINS OVER THE PAST WEEK AND SOME ROADS THAT REMAIN CLOSED FROM EARLIER STORMS…EXPECTED RAINS OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS OF OVER 2 INCHES COULD CAUSE ADDITIONAL FLOODING.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT… CREWS… BLOOMING GROVE… BEDFORD AND BEAVERTON

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…COUNTRY ROADS…AS WELL AS FARMLAND ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather