Thursday Afternoon Weather Update – 6:01 PM

A Happy New Year’s Eve to you! If you have plans outdoors this evening, our weather will remain dry until around midnight. A few light showers will move in around and after midnight. Don’t expect a washout, but some light showers will continue until daybreak tomorrow morning. A few snow flakes are possible north of Tuscaloosa, but we aren’t expecting any travel issues.

2010 will start off cold and dry, with skies becoming sunny late in the day. We’ll have a chilly north wind all day, which will reinforce the cold air into Alabama. Highs will top out in the middle 40s. The rest of the weekend will remain chilly and dry, with mostly sunny weather. Highs will be in the middle to upper 40s through Sunday. Really cold temperatures are expected early next week, with highs in the upper 30s. Mostly sunny skies continue through the mid portion of next week. Los at night will reach into the upper teens by Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Have a great day!
Richard Scott

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Forecast Update – 12/30/09 – 2:45 p.m.

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Rain has moved into West Alabama today, and it will be with us through much of the overnight hours into early Thursday. Temperatures will hold steady int he middle 40s.

We’ll have a milder day Thursday with a high of 58 degrees. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a few showers possible during the day. For New Year’s Eve night, rain showers are a little more likely, and some of them could mix with snow showers. Lows will be in the middle 30s.

Behind that rain Thursday night into early Friday morning, cold air spills into the area. Skies will clear on New Year’s day and temperatures will only top out in the upper 40s! Friday night, lows dip to the middle 20s.

The first weekend of the new year will be cold, with mostly sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday. Highs through the weekend will be in the middle to upper 40s. Overnight lows will be in the middle 20s.

Sunday night, an upper level system zips through the area. Moisture will be limited, but I can’t rule out a few flurries from it as it passes by.  Behind this system, temperature will fall even lower.

Highs for the first half of next week will be in the 30s! Over night lows will be in the lower 20s at the very start of the week, but then in the teens Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

I’ll have more on the forecast on WVUA News First at 4:00 and the News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 tonight.

Robert Stevenson
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Forecast Discussion Update 12/29 4:00 PM

After taking a close look at the weather data this afternoon I have no doubt the cold weather is here to stay. A low pressure system tracking into southwestern Texas is spreading rain and wintry precipitation well northward into the state. High clouds associated with this system are already entering the southeastern states and we will have increasing clouds over Alabama tonight. Tonight our temperatures will fall close to the freezing mark by midnight and then level off. I wouldn’t be surprised if the temperature actually climbed a degree or two during the early morning hours. Tomorrow will be a cloudy day with rain arriving by the afternoon. Look for a cold rain through tomorrow night, tapering off during the early morning hours on New Years Eve. The sky will be cloudy on New Years Eve and another blast of cold air will settle in Thursday night. As the cold air drops in there may be a few sprinkles or snow flurries late. Lows will be near freezing.

On Friday and Saturday our temperatures will remain quite cold, with a north wind. Highs will only reach the 40s, with lows in the 20s. Another disturbance will approach the state late on Sunday and depending on your location, this system will bring clouds and maybe a snow shower or rain shower Sunday night. This will be a fast moving system and it should be through the area early on Monday. The deeper moisture looks to be south of our area; however, we will monitor for signs of a northward shift in the forecast track. Very cold air will drop in behind this system and we will be lucky to see upper 30s on Monday and Tuesday. At this time I’m forecasting lows near the 20 degree mark for early in the week. Stay tuned!

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Forecast Discussion Update 12/28 3:44 PM

I certainly hope you had a great Christmas holiday! I want to send out a big thanks to Richard for covering my weather shifts last week. While I was off, a couple of viewers approached me and asked about chances for snow. If the current weather pattern remains in place I do think we could have one or two chances for wintry precipitation during this winter season. For now our 7 Day forecast doesn’t call for snow but I do expect some rainy weather this week. The long range model data for the next Tuesday/Wednesday time period does look rather interesting. As 2009 comes to a close the continuous parade of southern stream storm systems will bring us another round of wet weather starting on Wednesday.

Brace for a widespread freeze tonight. Temperatures today have only reached the middle 40s and with a clear sky tonight, lows will be in the middle 20s. Tomorrow will start off sunny, with some high clouds late in the day. We will have increasing clouds through tomorrow night, with lows near freezing. Light rain will lift our way on Wednesday as low pressure approaches from the southwest. Initially there may be a few sleet pellets mixed in as the atmosphere becomes saturated.

A cold rain will develop by Wednesday afternoon and this activity will continue Wednesday night and into the first part of the day on Thursday. I’m expecting temperatures to level off near 50 degrees on Thursday, with lingering clouds. The good thing is that the rain should be out of the area as we bring in the New Year Thursday night. It will become breezy and turn much colder late Thursday night as a cold front moves through. Cold air will continue to spill into Alabama on Friday and Saturday. Highs on Saturday will have a tough time reaching the upper 30s, with lows Saturday night near 20 degrees. Be sure to join us first at four, and at five, six, and ten for more details!

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Sunday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:11 PM

A good Sunday to you! It’s a new day but the same routine, as we continue to deal with cold weather. Highs today did manage to warm into the 49 to 52 degree range across central Alabama, but the west wind made it feel colder than that. A reinforcing shot of cold weather is on the way, and we will deal with middle 40s for highs tomorrow. North Alabama will likely stay in the 30s all day, with a brisk northwest wind. At least it will be a mostly sunny day. Tuesday morning will be much colder, as lows approach the lower 20s.

Conditions begin to change again by Tuesday afternoon, due to a developing low in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. This will spread precipitation into west Alabama during the early morning hours. There’s a chance that the precipitation will start off as sleet before changing to all rain during the mid-morning hours. No major travel issues are anticipated at this point. It will be a cold rain on Wednesday, as temperatures climb into the upper 40s. Rainfall totals will approach 1 inch in the southern sections of the state, while half an inch is likely for north Alabama.

A few showers will linger into Thursday before our next disturbance moves in. Data continues to suggest that light snow moves in on Friday, with accumulations possible across all of central Alabama. Since this is still several days out, I’m not very confident in this scenario. This is something to watch, but it will likely change a bit over the coming days. Be sure to stay with us through next week, and we’ll continue to bring you the latest on your forecast. Also, you can join us on live television tonight at 10 PM on WVUA-TV for more on your weather.

Have a great day!
Richard Scott