Cold Now, Warmer Soon…Thursday Afternoon Forecast Update 4:45 pm

A good Thursday evening to you! Some parts of the area have picked up a little light snow this afternoon, but most of central and west Alabama is dealing with cold and dry conditions. The snow flurries and light snow is happening north of Jasper and Fayette this evening and will continue through midnight. Clouds have cleared in parts of southwest Alabama, and the clearing line will gradually spread northeast through tonight.

Winds will remain rather gusty through this evening, so temperatures won’t get as cold as they could in this type of airmass. Cold air advection will still bring temperatures down into the middle 20s, so while temperatures will not fall into the teens, wind chill values will reach the teens. An Arctic high will move right over central Alabama Friday night through early Sunday. This will bring lots of sun, cool days and very cold nights. Look for highs to reach the middle 40s on Friday with decreasing winds. Lows will fall into the lower 20s Friday night.

With a sunny sky through the weekend and light to calm winds, conditions will feel much better during the afternoon hours. Highs will reach the lower 50s on Saturday and middle 50s on Sunday. Even temperatures at night will modify over the weekend, with 30s both Sunday and Monday morning.

The surface high will slide east of the area on Monday and Tuesday. A south flow will develop and usher in warm and moist conditions from the Gulf. While it won’t be as warm as last weekend, temperatures will reach the lower 60s on Monday and Tuesday. We will continue under a very progressive pattern, so another storm system will move through our area on Tuesday. Look for clouds to increase on Monday and Tuesday. Showers and storms will arrive late Monday and on Tuesday. Another strong cold front will push through the state on Tuesday, which means another shot of chilly weather on Wednesday and Thursday. This next upper air trough won’t be nearly as deep as our current trough, so temperatures will not get as cold. Lows will slip below freezing Wednesday night.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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