Mild Days Ahead… Cold Weekend! Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4:30pm
November 20, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Tuesday afternoon to you! It has been a pleasant afternoon, as temperatures warmed into the upper 60s across all of west and central Alabama. The upper air disturbance brought lots of clouds this morning, and a few light showers over southwest Alabama. Most spots didn’t get a drop, but just enough moisture slipped in here to wet a few roads. As the sun sets, temperatures will drop fairly quick this evening. Look for temperatures to reach the upper 50s by 7 pm and upper 40s around 10 pm. Skies will remain clear tonight, with a low between 40 and 44.
Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year across the US, and we can expect perfect weather in Alabama. Skies will remain mostly sunny on Wednesday, with a high near 70. Winds will remain light to calm across our area on Wednesday and Thursday, as a surface high settles over the area. Wednesday and Thursday will feature identical weather. If you have outdoor plans on Thanksgiving or that trip to Grandma’s for dinner, our weather couldn’t look better. Look for cool conditions at night, with a low between 40 and 44 through Friday morning.
Friday will feature an increase in clouds as a deep upper air trough moves in from the west. While the midday hours will feature mild temperatures, the cold front will be highly noticed with a rapid drop in temperatures near and after sunset. Most of the remaining high school football games will deal with a clear sky and temperatures reaching the 40s at the end of the games. I don’t expect heavy rain at all on Friday, but the dynamics will be enough to get a few sprinkles here or maybe a quick light shower. The best chance of that will happen between lunch and 8pm. Again, most spots won’t get a drop.
Iron Bowl is looking very chilly, as a howling north wind takes over. Highs will struggle to reach the lower 50s on Saturday. Skies are expected to remain mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday. As the sun sets Saturday evening, temperatures will drop into the 30s by 9 pm. Kickoff for the Alabama/Auburn game at Bryant-Denny is at 2:30 pm. We will end up in the 40s by mid-game.
A moderate freeze is expected by Saturday night/Sunday morning, with a low near 28 degrees. All of west and central Alabama will notice temperatures between 25 and 32 degrees. As winds go calm, a moderate frost will develop Saturday night. Skies will remain sunny for the rest of the weekend.
A few showers will arrive on Monday, as a warm front lifts north through the state. A deep upper air trough is expected to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday. Models are all over the board on this storm system, so data is not consistent enough to put severe weather wording in the forecast. It is something to watch… At this point, it looks more like a nice rain event, with a few embedded thunderstorms.
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