Warm Weekend….Showers and Storms Next Week. Friday Forecast Update 4pm

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Good Friday afternoon! Our forecast is looking great as we move into our weekend plans, as highs reach the lower to middle 70s this weekend. Saturday is the 1st day of December, but it won’t feel much like December as ridging takes over the southeast. A ridge is associated with warm air, and that’s just what we’ll notice through early next week before some minor changes are expected.

If you have plans outdoors this evening, expect a fast drop in temperatures. While it won’t get near as cold as recent nights, temperatures will still manage to get chilly after dark. Look for a temperature near 56 by 7 pm and 46 at midnight. Skies will remain partly cloudy to mostly clear through the night. Saturday is looking like a fantastic weather day, as highs warm into the lower 70s across all of west and central Alabama. Skies will remain partly cloudy through the weekend due to a warm and moist flow off the Gulf. Winds will increase to 10mph out of the south tomorrow afternoon. As moisture levels increase, we’ll notice a few extra clouds here and there.

The West Alabama Christmas Parade kicks off Monday evening in Tuscaloosa. If you’re going to the big parade, look for dry and comfortable conditions. Temperatures will fall into the 60s after sunset or around parade time.

We’ll be watching an upper air trough progress east on Monday and Tuesday. The trough will get close enough to Alabama to send a cold front south late Tuesday and early Wednesday. We’ll notice a band of showers and storms develop along and ahead of the front Tuesday evening. There is little to no surface based instability forecasted with the front, so I don’t expect any severe weather issues. Rain totals will reach 0.50″ in some spots across west and central Alabama. Highs will reach the lower to middle 70s on Monday and Tuesday, but we can expect a nice drop in temperatures on Wednesday. Temperatures will fall into the lower 60s for highs on Wednesday and upper 30s for lows by Wednesday night.

If you have a trip planned to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the weather is looking nice and calm. Temperatures will warm into the upper 60s for highs in Atlanta on Saturday. Skies will remain partly cloudy in Atlanta for the Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship Game. While the game will be indoors, conditions outside are looking great! Inside the dome, expect temperatures in the lower 70s, with dry conditions for game-time…

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