Cold Weekend/Iron Bowl! Storms Next Week… Friday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4:45pm

Good Friday evening to you! Cold air is taking over across the area this evening, as a sharp cold front slices through the state. Temperatures range from the upper 50s in Birmingham to lower 70s in Montgomery as of 4:30 pm. The front will continue to dive southward through the night and will move off the coast by midnight. We can expect some of the coldest air so far this season to arrive over the weekend, as all of west and central Alabama deal with a hard freeze Saturday night. We may even deal with a light freeze tonight, with a low near 32.

Skies will become clear tonight, so the leftover local high school football game playoffs will be cold. Temperatures will fall into the lower 50s by 7 pm and middle 40s at 10 pm tonight. Winds will place wind chill values into the 30s by the end of the games tonight. Despite ample sunshine on Saturday, cold air advection will offset afternoon heating for the most part. Temperatures will have a hard time climbing above 49 degrees, but areas near and south of Tuscaloosa should reach the lower 50s after lunch. Winds will remain in the 5 to 10 mph range, but some gusts will reach 20 mph from time to time.

Iron Bowl: If you’re going to Bryant-Denny on Saturday, temperatures are looking cold! Look for a 2:30 pm kickoff temperature near 53 degrees, with a fall into the upper 40s by 2nd Quarter and lower 40s during 4th Quarter. The good news is the forecast calls for dry conditions during the entire games. The Alabama/Auburn game is known for cold and wet weather, but this year will be a little different… just cold…

A hard freeze is likely Saturday night, with a temperature near 25 degrees across west and central Alabama. Some of the typical cooler spots north of I-20 will fall into the lower 20s. This will be the coldest night of the season so far. We’ll deal with a moderate to heavy frost Sunday morning.

A quick warm-up is expected on Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the middle to upper 60s. Skies remain sunny on Sunday, but skies become mostly cloudy on Monday. A few showers are possible by Monday evening. There’s a good chance of rain and a few thunderstorms Monday night through Tuesday morning. As a deep upper air trough progresses eastward, a weak surface low and cold front will develop ahead of that. Moisture levels are looking moderate across our area, so there should be a pretty nice swath of rain develop over our area. Rain totals will reach 1/2 an inch for many areas.

The trough really lifts out on Wednesday and Thursday. Instead of a sharp change to cold air, temperatures will remain cool on Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will warm into the lower 60s both days, with lows in the 30s at night. There are signs of another fast moving storm system arriving towards Friday or Saturday. Model data is up in the air with that feature, so we’ll watch it.

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Richard Scott

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