Big Questions Ahead… Updated 8:52 PM

We’ve been seeing some hint at a New Year’s Day snow event for someone in the south. The data has been all over the place with the idea of snow close by. This image is from one of our many computer models we look at when building a forecast. I just thought I’d share this idea with you. This particular model run suggest that central Alabama could see an accumulating snow. It is not a forecast, but it is a model that we will continue to watch. This is several days out and will change a bit over the coming days. We’ll continue to fine-tune your forecast and let you know the latest updates as we get closer to Friday. Have a great evening!

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

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Saturday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:11 PM

A good Saturday to you! After a nice holiday break, we’re back to work for a gorgeous post-Christmas Weekend. Temperatures remain well below average, so it feels pretty chilly across all of Alabama. Temperatures mainly range in the middle 40s in northeast Alabama to low 50s in southwest Alabama. Temperature will remain chilly for a long stretch of our forecast. Maybe even some wintry weather involved at some point along the way.

Tonight will be another cold night, with lows in the upper 20s. Lots of frost can be expected early tomorrow morning. This is what I call perfect frost growing conditions, when we have a saturated ground, temperatures in the upper 20s, calm winds and clear skies. After a cold start to our Sunday, we’ll only reach 50 for a high. Other than a few high, thin cirrus clouds at times, our sky will remain mostly sunny. A reinforcing shot of cold air moves in Sunday night and Monday, when we deal with upper 40s for highs. Our air is very dry, so we don’t expect many clouds at this point. We return to mostly sunny skies on Monday. Temperatures try to warm up a few degrees on Tuesday, as temperatures reach the lower 50s. Clouds stream in Tuesday evening and rain approaches Wednesday morning. There is some hint that the precipitation will start off as some sleet or freezing rain. This won’t last long, as our temperature warm unto the middle 40s by mid-afternoon. It will be a cold rain though.

Another cold front moves through on Thursday, with a few showers at times. Temperatures remain in the upper 40s for highs, but lows will stay above freezing until Friday morning. Then, something interesting may happen. Cold air moves in from the north, and a few light showers could change over to snow showers. This is several days out and will likely change, but it is something to keep an eye on. We’ll keep you updated on the latest as we get more information. Next weekend looks very cold, with temperatures staying in the lower 40s for highs. Be sure to join me tonight at 10 PM for more on your weather on WVUA-TV.

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Richard Scott

Wednesday Evening Weather Update – 10:15pm

A good Wednesday to you! After a warm Wednesday, our weather is about to change in a hurry. Showers will become possible overnight tonight, with mainly light stuff. Winds will pick up out of the southeast, as gusts could reach 30 MPH after midnight. A vigorous storm-system blasts it’s way through the heartland of the nation, which will give a major winter storm to the northern and central Plains and severe weather to the deep south. Heavy rain and strong winds will be the main threat around here through tomorrow evening. The heaviest rain looks to move in late tomorrow afternoon. We will see non-thunderstorm winds approaching 40 MPH in gusts through Thursday afternoon. If you have travel plans, take it extra easy on the highways.

A strong coldfront moves through early Friday morning, and colder air will filter into the state. Highs struggle to climb into the upper 40s for highs on Christmas Day. The rest of the weekend looks to be mostly cloudy and chilly. Highs will continue in the upper 40s, with lows in the upper 20s through early next week.

Another system moves in on Tuesday and Wednesday. There could be some wintry weather involved for someone in the south, but that is several days out and could change some. We’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days.

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Tuesday Afternoon Weather Update- 4:30pm

I hope you’re having a great Tuesday! Our weather is starting to change, with high level clouds moving in. This is a sign of a big storm-system developing west of us, which is due in here late in the day on Thursday.

Temperatures have really warmed nicely today, as many of us made it into the lower 60s. Even some middle 60s were reported over southern Mississippi. We can expect clouds to gradually increase over the next 18 hours. A few showers will move into our area Wednesday evening, but most of the rain will remain northwest of Tuscaloosa. That changes on Thursday, as an area of low pressure rapidly develops over the heartland of the nation. This will spread a major snowstorm into the central Plains. Our weather will become very wet Thursday evening. If you are going to be traveling Christmas Eve night, take it extra easy. Heavy rain at times will make for poor driving conditions. Temperatures will remain in the 60s for afternoon highs, but cooler weather moves in just in time for Christmas Day. Highs will struggle to reach 50 degrees, with mostly cloudy skies. It will be a raw day, as a breezy northwest wind develops.

For the rest of the weekend, we will deal with a mix of sun and clouds, with highs in the upper 40s. Lows at night will stay in the 20s each night through the weekend. Be sure to join me tonight at 5, 6 and 10 pm for more weather on WVUA-TV.

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Winter Begins Today

Today is the first day of winter, which means that we are dealing with our longest nights in the northern hemisphere. This occurs when the southern hemisphere is tilted at 23.5 degrees towards the sun, and the northern hemisphere is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. Since our sun angle is at its lowest point at this time of the year, we have colder temperatures here. Just the opposite, the southern hemisphere is dealing with their summer months. As the Earth orbits the Sun throughout the year, the Earth is always tilted at a 23.5 degree angle. This is what gives us our seasons. Without the Earth’s tilt, our weather would be much different here, and we wouldn’t experience changes in the season. Thanks to the tilt, the global weather is always changing.

Image Source: National Weather Service in Chicago

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Monday Afternoon Weather Update – 12:45 PM

A good Monday to you! It is the first official day of winter, but it doesn’t feel like it. Temperatures are generally in the mid to upper 50s across the state today. Warmer weather will continue to filter into the state over the next few days. We have a complicated forecast ahead, with the risk of a few severe storms on Christmas Eve.

No worries of bad weather for the rest of our Monday, as we will deal with lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Highs will top out in the upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon. We’ll deal with one more cold night tonight; we can expect lows in the lower 30s. Some frost will develop after midnight. Tuesday will be a day of transition, as clouds slowly increase and winds pick up out of the south. Temperatures will remain in the 60s for highs. Cloudy skies will take over for Wednesday, but highs continue in the low 60s. There is a chance of storms in the forecast, but it now looks like the majority of the rain won’t move in until late Wednesday night. If you have travel plans on Christmas Eve, you need to keep a close eye on the forecast. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will overspread the state throughout the day. Some storms could be severe; main threat includes large hail and damaging winds. Highs on Thursday will reach into the middle 60s. It will not feel at all like Christmas weather. The good news is that cooler and drier weather moves in on Christmas Day. Temperatures will likely fall into the 40s through the day. A brisk north wind will make it feel even colder.

Highs remain in the 40s through most of the weekend, with a mix of sun and clouds returning. Lows will make it into the 20s Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning. Be sure to join me today at 4pm and tonight at 5, 6 and 10 pm for weather. I’ll be filling in for Wes and Robert this week.

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Sunday Night Weather Update – 10:15 PM

A good Sunday to you! Our temperatures will slowly warm up on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures returning into the upper 50s and lower 60s. Mostly sunny skies will make it feel even better on Monday and Tuesday. Eventhough Monday is the first day of winter, our temperature won’t reflect that at all. Our next storm-system takes shape and moves our way on Wednesday. We can expect mostly cloudy skies and some storms to move in late in the day. It now looks like the best chance of rain will happen on Christmas Eve.

A strong cold front moves into Alabama, which will bring a round of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe on Christmas Eve. If you have travel plans, be sure to keep a close eye to a weather source. Due to heavy rain and storms, there could be delays around here.

Christmas Day looks to be colder, with temperatures in the 40s all day. Sun will gradually make a return, but we’ll continue with a good bit of clouds through Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures get even colder by the later half of the weekend.

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