Radar Update… Rain Gradually Ends Tonight – 9:30pm Thursday

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Good Thursday evening! The main batch of light to moderate rain continues to push to the east. As of 9:30pm, rain was falling across much of Alabama, with a gradual decrease in coverage of rain across extreme west Alabama. As the initial batch of rain moves east of your area, additional showers and thunderstorms will continue at times during the overnight hours. Rather than a steady all night rain, it sure looks like showers will come and go through the overnight hours. Either way, it’s still a big mess for the Trick-or-Treaters.

You’ll notice winds really picking up tonight across the state, as a strong area of low pressure tracks north of the area. South winds are gusting to 30mph across west and north Alabama at this hour. Once the cold front passes east of us late tonight, winds should relax a bit. Once the sun rises Friday morning, conditions will quickly dry out across the state, with only a few showers in extreme east Alabama after sunrise. We’ll notice an increase in sunshine across the area, especially by late morning and early afternoon.

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Rain Continues Much of Tonight… Radar Update – 6:20pm Thursday

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Good Thursday evening! At 6:20pm, the heavier batch of rain over west Alabama and east Mississippi continues to slowly track east. Radar trends show this batch of rain weakening just a bit, so I expect rain totals to generally range near or less than 1 inch across the area. Any higher rain totals will remain southwest of Tuscaloosa, where some areas could get up to 2 inches. The rain between now and midnight will include areas such as Jasper, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Eutaw and Livingston. After midnight, these areas will gradually dry out, with only scattered showers between midnight and 6am Friday morning.

Over west Alabama, rain will continue through midnight, then gradually end after midnight. Areas east of Birmingham will deal with rain between 7pm this evening and continue for much of the night. This would include areas such as Anniston, Gadsden, Ashland, Rockford and Clanton.

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Wet Halloween Eve/Night… Dry Weekend – Thursday Forecast Update 5:20pm

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Good Thursday afternoon! As of 5:20pm, a soaking rain has started to impact much of west Alabama. For the rest of the evening and tonight, expect a soaking rain with some embedded thunder. For all Trick-or-Treaters in west Alabama, expect rain to continue after sunset, with steady rain for most of the night. Areas east of I-65 will gradually deal with the rain too, but it will start there after 6 or 7pm. At this point, I don’t expect any severe weather issues, but we’ll keep an eye on radar trends.

Rain will gradually end from northwest to southeast well after midnight tonight, with dry air taking over most of the area by sunrise Friday morning. That being said, a few showers are possible across extreme east Alabama through 9am, but 90% of central Alabama will be dry at daybreak. Temperatures will be a tad cooler on Friday, with a high near 72. We can expect a good supply of sunshine on Friday. A secondary cold front will push through the area on Saturday, with a decrease in temperatures. Winds will get a bit breezy on Saturday, as the next shot of cooler air takes over. Highs will top out in the middle to upper 60s over the weekend, with lows in the upper 30s Saturday night. Expect sunny skies on Monday, as an area of high pressure continues nearby.

We’ll be watching our next storm system by the middle of next week. Highs will gradually rebound on Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs in the lower 70s, with lows in the 50s. Expect the risk of some rain on Wednesday.

DON’T FORGET!!! Daylight savings time will end at 2am Sunday morning, so you will want to set your clock back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. This will also be a great time to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

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Radar Update…Lots of Rain Moving In – 4pm Thursday

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Happy Halloween! As of 4pm, we’ve got a large batch of rain slowly moving into west Alabama, but the heavier rain is still northwest of I-20. Over the next couple of hours, rain will increase in coverage, with periods of moderate to heavy rain involved. The good news… At this point, I don’t see any signs of severe weather issues. The bad news… Most of your trick-or-treat plans will be a total washout, especially across west and central Alabama. East Alabama may have a chance to get a couple hours of trick-or-treating in before the main rain moves over you too.

What time:

Rain is falling now for areas northwest of I-20, with moderate rain over areas such as Pickensville, Vernon, Fayette, Haleyville and Hamilton. Rain will continue there until 2am Friday morning.

For Cullman, Birmingham, Centreville, Tuscaloosa, Demopolis, Linden, Eutaw, Marion… Rain will start falling in these areas between now and 6pm. Rain will then continue through 5am Friday morning before ending. The map above shows the time-frame I expect rain for a particular area, as well as the current 4pm radar. A few rumbles of thunder are expected in these areas, but I don’t expect severe weather.

For Gadsden, Anniston, Oxford, Ashland, Rockford and Clanton… Rain will start there sometime between 6pm and 8pm, and then continue until 8am Friday morning. Once the rain starts there, look for light to moderate rain for the rest of the night. These areas should not have any severe weather issues.

The weather will go dry on Friday and remain dry for the entire weekend.

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Storms Moving In Faster… Thursday Update – 1pm

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Good Thursday early afternoon! We’re watching a large batch of heavy rain and storms move into west Alabama at this hour from the west. At 1pm, rain was just starting to fall in places like Vernon and Hamilton. The line seems to have sped up a bit, so the arrival time for the rain at your house is now a bit earlier. It sure looks like all of west Alabama will be wet around sunset, which is bad news for many on this Halloween. We do note there is a tornado watch in place until 7pm for much of Mississippi. I really don’t expect much of a severe weather risk around here this evening, but we’ll keep an eye on radar trends.

Rain and thunder will reach the Jasper, Tuscaloosa, Livingston areas sometime around 5pm, then reach the Anniston to Clanton areas sometime around 7pm. Once the rain starts in your area, expect rain non-stop for much of the night, with rain ending before sunrise tomorrow morning. Rain could be heavy at times, with storm totals in the range of 1-3″. The risk of severe weather is low, but keep alert incase a storm tries to get out of hand. The best chance of that happening would occur over extreme west Alabama between 4pm and 9pm.

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Storms Thursday Eve/Night Dry and Cooler Weekend – Wednesday Forecast Update 4:30pm

 

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Clouds are gradually increasing this afternoon across Alabama, as a storm system gets organized west of the state. At this hour, rain is breaking along and west of the Mississippi River, with batches of heavy rain in parts of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. As the surface low tracks northeast and a cold front pushes east, the areas of rain will move our way. At this point, I don’t expect any rain over the next 24 hours, but rain will increase quickly tomorrow evening and night. If you have plans outdoors this evening or tonight, expect temperatures to gradually cool into the lower 70s at 7pm and middle to upper 60s at 10pm and midnight. Skies will remain cloudy to mostly cloudy.

Halloween day looks mild and dry, with only a small risk of a passing shower or two during the early afternoon hours. Highs will reach the upper 70s or lower 80s. A batch of strong to severe storms will develop and track across Mississippi and Tennessee during the afternoon hours on Thursday, but the storms will gradually weaken as the cross into Alabama. Instability over Alabama is expected to remain very low, and the best dynamics will pass well north of Alabama. These lacking severe weather ingredients should prevent big problems locally. That being said, there is a chance storms could produce isolated wind damage over northwest Alabama Thursday evening, but mainly in areas northwest of Aliceville and Jasper.

What time will the rain arrive… Look for heavy rain and storms to enter extreme northwest Alabama around 4 or 5pm, then track southeast over the next few hours. Storms will then reach the Tuscaloosa area between 5pm and 7pm, then track east of the Birmingham area between 8pm and 10pm. Here’s the catch… Once the rain starts in your area, rain will continue for much of the night, as the slow moving cold front tracks across the state. There will be some lightning and thunder involved, but the risk of severe weather is really low. If you have plans after dark tomorrow, make sure you keep an eye on the latest weather conditions. If possible, some events may need to be rescheduled to earlier on Thursday or another day this week… Below is the map of the time line and where there is a low risk of isoalted severe storms… Again, storms are very likely across west Alabama between 5pm and 11pm, then east Alabama between 10pm and 5am.

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Cooler and drier air will quickly take over on Friday, with a high in the lower 70s. Skies will become sunny on Friday and remain sunny through the entire weekend. Temperatures will drop into the 60s for highs on Sunday, as a secondary push of cooler air takes over. Lows at night will fall into the upper 30s Saturday night. Some areas may stay in the 60s all day on Saturday too…

DON’T FORGET!!! Daylight savings time will end at 2am Sunday morning, so you will want to set your clock back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. This will also be a great time to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

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Mild Weather Continues… Storms Thursday Night… Tuesday Forecast Update – 5pm

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Good Tuesday afternoon! The weather has been fantastic across Alabama today, with mild and dry weather. Most of the area dealt with a mixture of clouds and sun, with temperatures reaching the upper 70s to lower 80s. Temperatures will gradually drop this evening, with low 70s at 7pm and upper 50s by 10pm. After 10pm, the temperature drop will level off. Expect partly cloudy skies overnight tonight.

Wednesday will feature a great looking weather day, with highs in the lower 80s. I expect a few more clouds on Wednesday, but conditions will remain rain free. As moisture levels increase Wednesday night, temperatures won’t get as cool. Expect lows in the middle 60s Wednesday night. As a large storm system develops west of Alabama on Wednesday, a southeast breeze will gradually develop, especially on Thursday.

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Halloween weather… We can expect most of Thursday to be dry across Alabama. As a strong cold front moves into Alabama from the northwest Thursday evening and Thursday night, thunderstorms will become likely across the area. At this point, the risk of severe weather looks low across Alabama. That being said, I think areas north of I-20 and west of I-65 may deal with isolated wind damage between 6pm and midnight Thursday night. If you have an outdoor event planned Thursday evening or night, use caution incase storms move into your area. The leading edge of the storms will reach northwest Alabama near or just after sunset, then pass east of Birmingham around midnight. Expect moderate to heavy rain for several hours behind the leading edge. Showers and thunderstorms will gradually end from west to east early Friday morning. Look for rain totals in the 1 to 2 inch range.

Dry air will take over during the day on Friday and continue dry through Saturday and Sunday. Highs will cool into the lower 70s on Friday and Saturday, with upper 60s on Sunday. Overnight lows will dip into the lower 40s during the overnight hours this weekend. DON’T FORGET!!! Daylight savings time will end at 2am Sunday morning, so you will want to set your clock back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. This will also be a great time to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

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