Friday Update

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The high pressure ridge will begin to weaken Sunday which will allow the cold front to make its way into West Alabama. The strongest chance for rain and storms arrive Sunday with heavy rainfall expected to impact our area. I’m estimating rain totals, Saturday through Tuesday, to fall somewhere between the three and five inch mark. A slight risk for severe weather is also in place through Sunday, so don’t rule out a chance for severe storms, especially Saturday into Sunday evening.

The rainmaker will finally trend eastward late Monday, but then we will be watching another system headed our way by Tuesday. Isolated storms will be possible Tuesday and then the more organized rain event will show up in West Alabama on Wednesday. Finally, we will see a break from the wet weather Thursday and Friday with a mostly sunny sky and high temperatures rising into the middle 80s!

We’ve been keeping track of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is making its way towards the Alabama Gulf Coast. Keep in mind this oil spill could vastly impact the fishing industry ranging all the way from the Louisiana coast to the shores of Alabama. I found an informative website from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration that has a great deal of useful information regarding this tragic disaster. The oil contaminated water could make landfall on Alabama’s beaches at any point this weekend despite the relief efforts. Here is the link to the website for those of you interested:Oil Spill.

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Stay tuned to WVUA this weekend for details on the weekend forecast that could include severe weather. Robert Stevenson has the weather covered Friday and Saturday, Wes Wyatt will be in Sunday. Also, keep a close watch right here on our weather blog for updates on your local area forecast. Have a great Friday evening!

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Robert Stevenson
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