Nice Thanksgiving! Cold Iron Bowl! Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4:15pm

Good Wednesday afternoon to you! Our weather was perfect for one of the busiest travel days of the  year. Skies remained sunny all day, with a high between 72 and 75 across all of west and central Alabama. Light to calm winds have also made for a pleasant afternoon. Conditions will change as we move into the weekend, but the next 48 hours will feature perfect fall weather.

Temperatures will drop fast this evening, much like lastnight. Look for temperatures to reach the upper 50s at 7 pm and lower 50s at 10 pm. Skies are expected to remain clear through the night. Thanksgiving day is looking much like today, with ample sunshine and mild conditions. Highs will reach the lower 70s on Thursday and Friday.

A sharp upper air trough will move in from the northwest on Friday. The trough will send a strong cold front into Alabama Friday evening. Ahead of the front and upper air trough, we’ll notice an increase in clouds, but the risk of rain is very low. A passing shower can’t be ruled out. After reaching 70 Friday afternoon, temperatures will rapidly drop into the 30s Friday night. Most spots will drop to the 32 to 35 degree range first thing Saturday morning.

Iron Bowl on Saturday is looking like a cold and windy game. Winds will gust to 20 or 25 mph at times on Saturday, driving wind chill values into the 40s all day. Highs will struggle to reach the lower 50s on Saturday. If you’re going to Bryant-Denny for the Alabama/Auburn game, take the thick jacket. We will drop into the upper 40s around halftime and lower 40s to end the game.

A moderate freeze is expected Saturday night/Sunday morning. Most spots will drop into the middle to upper 20s. This will be the coldest night of the winter season. Look for a good supply of sunshine on Saturday and Sunday. Highs will return into the upper 50s on Sunday. 60s are expected on Monday and Tuesday for highs.

Another storm system will approach by Monday night and on Tuesday. This system will have a nice moisture supply to work with, so showers and a few thunderstorms will become likely. I don’t expect a major risk of severe weather at this point, due to the lacking instability, but it needs to be watched. If instability increases ahead of the low and cold front, there could be some strong to severe storms. We’ll update the forecast as we get closer.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist