Nice Today, Some Storms Tomorrow, Cooler Weather Ahead! Friday Afternoon Forecast Update 4:30 PM
April 20, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Friday afternoon to you! The morning cloud cover and fog made way for a gorgeous afternoon, with ample sunshine and mild temperatures. Clouds are still fairly thick in east Alabama, where a few light showers exist. This is around the Gadsden and Anniston areas. Conditions will remain dry and nice for 90% of Alabama through this evening, but changes will happen late tonight as a cold front moves in from the northwest. The cold front will bring the risk of showers and storms after midnight and through Saturday afternoon. If you have plans outdoors on Saturday, we’ll have the risk of scattered storms at about any time, but don’t expect a washout or all day rain.
A cold front is moving across the Mississippi River this afternoon and will move through our area during the day on Saturday. The front will bring the risk of scattered storms, but the heavier rain will remain over the Gulf of Mexico. A secondary surface low will develop along the front well south of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. This will prevent the best inflow of moist, unstable air into Alabama. The low south of our area will cut off the best rain chances locally, so storms will remain scattered to isolated on Saturday. Cooler air will move in during the day, with afternoon highs in the lower 70s. As a deep upper air trough develops over the east, cooler air will spill into the deep south and will stick around for a few days. Highs will return into the upper 60s to lower 70s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Lows at night will fall into the middle 40s Saturday night through Sunday night, but upper 30s to lower 40s are possible on Monday night.
Skies will become sunny on Sunday through next Wednesday. As the upper air trough moves out, temperatures will rebound quickly by mid week, with highs in the 80s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lows will warm into the lower 50s Wednesday morning and upper 60s Thursday and Friday morning.
The 1 year anniversary of the historic April 27th tornado outbreak is coming up next Friday. I know there are multiple events happening outdoors on that day. So far, our forecast data is showing dry and very warm conditions. Highs will reach the lower to middle 80s, but there is no risk of severe weather or wet weather at this point. We will have lots of posts on the anniversary leading up to the event.
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