Forecast Discussion 5/3 4:37 PM

The slow moving front that set the stage for historic rain over Tennessee managed to push through our area fairly quickly last night. We measured a healthy 1.63” of rain at the Tuscaloosa Airport. Tonight will be clear, with lows in the 50s. Tomorrow an upper air disturbance will drift over the state and this could bring a few clouds or a stray thunderstorm. Otherwise, we will have a partly to mostly sunny sky.

A weather highlight by mid-week will be a big warm-up. For the first time this spring, many communities will reach the 90 degree mark on Wednesday and Thursday. Each day will be partly to mostly sunny. On Friday a stray thunderstorm or shower may develop in the afternoon as high pressure weakens over the state.

The Big Air Show will be taking place in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Unfortunately, it looks like we may have some rain over West Alabama. A cold front will be moving in on Saturday and stalling. As the front settles south of Tuscaloosa we will have a partly to mostly cloudy sky and hopefully these will be some higher elevated clouds. There will be a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday, mainly over southern sections. The front will surge north again on Sunday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon hours, area-wide. The chance for a passing shower or storm will linger into Monday of next week.

Oil Spill: We have a news team stationed at Orange Beach to provide coverage of the oil threatening the Alabama Gulf Coast. We will have live team coverage on our news tonight. The general wind fields have favored a direction towards the Alabama Gulf Coast. A landfall in southeast Louisiana has already taken place and a landfall in Alabama or Mississippi will be possible within the next 72 hours. The following link for the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center will take you to an ocean current forecast. This model highlights a possibility of the oil spill impacting the Florida Keys or south Florida.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

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