Forecast Discussion 3/19 3:57 PM

Everybody I talked to was praising the nice weather over Alabama today. The conditions today have been absolutely perfect but big time changes are coming. The sky is sunny at the moment with temperatures in the low 70s. It is going to be rather chilly tonight, with a fair sky and lows in the 40s. Unfortunately, the weather will be changing over the next 24 hours as a developing low pressure system and associated front move into the region. First off, tomorrow will begin on a bright note, with more clouds by the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the 70s tomorrow, with a gusty south breeze. Tomorrow night the clouds will thicken, with a line of rain and thunderstorms moving in after midnight. Some of the storms may be on the strong side, although the severe weather potential doesn’t look quite as high today. The main threat for stronger storms will be south of our area.

The upper air energy associated with this system will wrap-up in the form of an upper low on Sunday. This will set the stage for much colder conditions, with temperatures tumbling into the 40s for some areas late Sunday afternoon. A chilly north wind will develop, with lots of clouds and a few showers. Lows will be in the upper 30s Sunday night, with highs only in the 40s on Monday. The cooling associated with this upper level system may produce some wintry precipitation over northern portions of Louisiana and Arkansas Sunday night. We will have shower activity lingering into Monday, along with more clouds. This system should depart by Tuesday, with sunshine returning.

We will enjoy dry conditions, with ample sunshine on Tuesday and Wednesday. The next rainmaker looks to arrive a bit later with increasing clouds and rain on Thursday. A cold front will move through on Friday and this will bring a chance for thunderstorms. The wet weather should end by next Saturday, with cooler and drier air settling in. We will keep you updated…Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist