Monday Afternoon Weather Update – 4:12 PM

A good Monday to you! Clouds quickly moved in this morning, leaving us with a cloudy day. Rain is approaching us from the west, with heavy rain likely late tonight. The initial band of rain is evaporating, which is cooling the temperatures a few degrees west of us. Expect temperatures to gradually cool off tonight and tomorrow morning. There isn’t much cold air associated with this storm-system, so we don’t expect a long duration of cold air as we have dealt with during the previous storms.

 Low pressure will track along the gulf coast, and rain becomes widespread overnight. Areas south of HWY 80 will pick up an inch or two of rain. Once the cold air moves in, there is a window of opportunity for some light snow across the northern half of the state. This is not expected to be a big deal across central and west Alabama, but higher elevations in east Alabama will pick up an inch or two of snow tomorrow morning. There is a winter weather advisory in place over Jefferson, Shelby Counties and points east. A winter storm warning is in place for the northeast corner of Alabama. As temperatures remain above freezing, we do not expect much, if any to stick in the western side of the state. Once the sun sets, temperatures will approach freezing, and any residual moisture on the highways could freeze. This will be mainly over northeast Alabama. Any snow should remain north of Greensboro and won’t last long. Rain and snow showers will move out by the early afternoon hours on Tuesday.

Dry weather returns for the rest of the week, and temperatures head for the lower 50s for highs on Wednesday and Thursday. Lots of sun and really nice weather is forecasted for the weekend. We can expect temperatures in the lower s60s on Friday and Saturday, with lower 70s possible on Sunday and Monday. A few storms move in by Monday. Be sure to join Wes for more on WVUA news at 5, 6 and 10 tonight.

 WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott