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Forecast For The Super Six

Forecast Discussion Update 12/3 4:00 PM

We first started talking about snow flurries in the forecast on Monday. Since then the emails have been pouring in regarding our chance for seeing some of the white stuff this week. If you’re a fan of snow the news is looking better and I will be talking about the potential for snow in this forecast discussion. First off, we measured over an inch of rain with the storm system now impacting the state. A cold front has moved through and now temperatures will fall through the night. A cold northwest wind will develop, with lows in the 30s. There will be some patchy drizzle overnight, with lingering clouds. Tomorrow the cloud cover will be around as we start the day, with some sunshine peaking through the clouds late in the day. Highs will struggle to reach 51 tomorrow, with lows near freezing tomorrow night.

Looking ahead, an upper air trough will become established over the region. A disturbance now rounding the base of this trough over the four corners region will help trigger a surface low over the Gulf. Moisture will begin overspreading the state late Friday, with increasing clouds. Temperatures will only reach the 40s for highs, with lows at or below freezing Friday night. Precipitation in the form of a rain/snow mix will begin after midnight on Friday and this will change to snow showers over a good portion of our area. The chance for some light snow will linger through mid morning on Saturday, with lingering clouds. Highs may struggle to reach the low to mid 40s on Saturday. At this time I don’t see any problems; however, some light accumulation can’t be ruled out on elevated surfaces.

As with all southeast snow forecasts this could certainly change but as mentioned in yesterday’s discussion, a slight northward shift in the track of the low will mean a large difference in the snow potential. If I had to highlight a particular area at this time for the greatest chance of snow and some light accumulation, I would say areas between Interstate 20/59 and Highway 80. Temperatures will recover slightly on Sunday, with sunshine returning. Look for increasing clouds on Monday, with another chance for rain late Monday night and on Tuesday.

The Super Six: The weather should be fine for the big Super Six High School matches in Tuscaloosa. Prepare for chilly temperatures, with times of clouds and sun.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist