Forecast Discussion 4/27 3:21 PM

Scattered showers continue to work across the area this afternoon and the greatest concentration of rain has been north of Tuscaloosa. This activity is pivoting through the region in response to an upper level disturbance. The clouds and cool northwest flow has kept temperatures in the 60s and this will give us a head start on the cooling process tonight. Lows will be near 40 in many spots and parts of north Alabama will wake up tomorrow morning in the upper 30s. The late April chill won’t last long however, as high pressure building into the state will set the stage for a couple of warm and sunny days. By Thursday our daytime high temperatures will recover into the low 80s.

Looking ahead to Friday, the high pressure cell will slide east giving way to a warm-moist southerly flow over Alabama. Scattered thunderstorms and showers will be possible as the high weakens. More rain will be positioned west of our area along an approaching cold front near the Mississippi River. This boundary will loose its eastward push and become quite sluggish with regard to its approach to Alabama. The scattered storms and showers may decrease in coverage Friday night with the loss of added daytime instability. However, we will have another flare-up of scattered thunderstorms on Saturday and some may be strong or severe.

According to the latest data, we will have a greater chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm during the Sunday/Monday timeframe as the cold front enters West Alabama. The front will slowly settle to our south by Tuesday afternoon and this may trigger a bit of rain during the day, especially for areas south of Tuscaloosa. We will continue to fine tune the weekend forecast details…stay tuned!

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Wes Wyatt
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