Very Cold, then Warmer! Monday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4:30 PM

A good Monday to you! It’s been a cool day in west and central Alabama, as an arctic airmass takes over. While today’s temperatures haven’t been all that bad, the strong winds made it feel much cooler. Winds will go calm tonight as a strong high moves into the area. This area of high pressure will bring us the calm winds and clear skies needed to bring a very cold night. Look for lows to fall into the teens in many areas tonight. Some of the colder spots north of Fayette will fall into the 14 to 16 degree range tonight, while areas near and south of Tuscaloosa will fall into the 17 to 20 degree range. Either way, this will be an extremely cold night. Check on the 4 P’s tonight: Pets, People, Plants and Pipes.

The colder airmass will be well entrenched into the deep south on Tuesday, as many locations will only reach the upper 30s to lower 40s during the afternoon hours. Under a sunny sky, winds will be light, but temperatures will be cold. We can expect one more very cold night before temperatures start to rebound a bit. Lows Tuesday night will fall into the upper teens to lower 20s. The surface high will remain over the southeast on Wednesday and Thursday, so skies will remain sunny and winds will remain light. Expect highs in the middle 50s on Wednesday and Thursday. The high will slide east of the area on Friday and Saturday. A south flow will increase moisture and clouds over the weekend. As some lift develops over the area, showers will become likely on Saturday. I can’t rule a shower on Friday and on Sunday and Monday. Temperatures will become much warmer, as highs warm into the middle 60s on Friday and Saturday.

Model data goes crazy again first thing next week. Some data keeps us under an active southwest flow aloft with several rain events. Other data sends another deep trough through the area, which would mean for a cooler start to next week. I’ll continue to update the forecast as we get a bit closer.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott



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