Rain Tomorrow Night/Monday, then Warmer Mid-Week – Saturday Evening Forecast Update 8:40 PM

 

 

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We enjoyed another nice weather day across Alabama today with lots of sunshine and highs reaching the low 60s for most spots this afternoon. Overnight tonight, we’ll still have some chilly conditions but certainly not as cold as previous nights including Thanksgiving night.

We still have an upper-level disturbance moving through the zonal upper flow tomorrow and Monday. While moisture will be fairly limited at the surface, fairly significant uplift associated with this feature will likely spell scattered showers tomorrow night lasting through the overnight hours into Monday around lunchtime. These showers should be light in nature, and no total washout is expected. By Monday afternoon, the sky should begin to partially clear.

Tuesday should be a pretty nice day across Alabama as a complex storm system begins organizing to our west. Southeasterly flow at the surface will prevail and this will help to begin a warming trend through the middle of the week. By Wednesday, temperatures should be near the 70 degree mark as a warm southerly flow continues. A few showers are possible Wednesday as moisture continues to stream in from the south.

By Thursday and Friday, a substantial longwave trough will be evolving over the middle of the country. The associated cold front will be slowly approaching from the northwest. Rain and perhaps some thunderstorms will become likely Thursday night into Friday as this front slowly moves closer towards our area. The upper flow will likely be parallel to the front and what this means is that this front will be very slow to clear our area. The GFS model wants to hang up the front while the European model is a little faster with the front’s progression.

Because the NAO forecast is expected to be neutral to slightly positive over the next week, I’m inclined to believe the European model at this time as that type of pattern would favor a more progressive frontal movement. Still, be aware of rain and thunderstorms primarily on Friday. Right now, there appears to be some instability as well as at least decent wind fields, so some stronger storms are possible. However, I want to emphasize that it is still much, much too early to speculate as to any potential severity of these storms; I just wanted to mention the possibility that there could be some stronger storms. We’ll be watching this system closely over the next several days.

Following the front’s passage sometime Friday into Saturday, much colder will filter in behind the system. But, this looks to be relatively short lived but again we’ll be watching this closely as well!

Isaac Williams
WVUA-TV Weather
iwilliams@wvuatv.com
Twitter: @WVUA_Isaac

Not as Cold Tonight; Unsettled Next Week? – Friday Evening Forecast Update 8:30 PM

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We had a fantastic weather day on this Friday with lots of sunshine and temperatures making it up to exactly 60 degrees in Tuscaloosa. I’m sure the plethora of Black Friday shoppers enjoyed today’s weather! Overnight tonight, the mercury won’t drop quite as low as previous nights, but a temperature range of 27 to 31 can be expected.

Heading towards your Saturday, we should have another very nice weather day across the state, including Auburn as well for the epic Iron Bowl matchup. As high pressure shifts off to our east, a modest southeasterly flow will help temperatures reach the low 60s once more with lots of sunshine. Some high level moisture may stream in through the day, but this will not lead to any rain chances.

By Sunday, a fairly strong upper air wave of energy will be moving towards the area. The associated downstream uplift will likely increase our cloud cover through the day, and as a result the temperature may hold in the upper 50s for the afternoon. Moisture will remain limited, but this system will likely squeeze out a few showers overnight Sunday into Monday, but a total washout is not expected. By Monday evening, the sky should be clearing and we’ll be left with a nice day for your Tuesday.

Some changeable weather is expected for the latter half of next week. Models continue to suggest that a front will approach us from the northwest by Thursday, and this front may be very slow to move through. As a result, it might be a setup that includes several days/waves of rain chances that begin Thursday and last throughout the entire weekend. We’ll have to watch this setup closely over the next couple of days, stay tuned! 

Isaac Williams
WVUA-TV Weather
iwilliams@wvuatv.com
Twitter: @WVUA_Isaac

Another Cold Night, but Gradually Turning Warmer – Thursday Evening Forecast Update 8:25 PM

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope each of you got a chance to relax, enjoy good company, and great food as well!

The weather wasn’t much of a problem today, unless you don’t like cold weather! Temperatures will be slowly increasing into the weekend after another cold night tonight with lows in the low to mid 20s area wide. You Black Friday shoppers will definitely need to take a heavy jacket with you as you head out the door, especially if you’re hitting the stores before sunrise!

Your Friday will feature lots of sunshine and temperatures rising into the middle 50s for most spots; it should feel pretty comfortable outside! As the high pressure system that brought us all of that cold weather begins sliding east tomorrow, temperatures will nudge up a few more degrees by the weekend towards 60 degrees! Our upper flow becomes zonal by the weekend, so no precipitation chances are expected at this time.

However, by the first part of next week, models continue to advertise an upper level disturbance moving through the area Monday and Monday night. The GFS, Canadian, and Euro models all show a decrease in rain chances with this system thanks to limited low level moisture. Still, isolated to scattered showers are possible through the day Monday, but a total washout is not expected at this time.

Models also continue to suggest a stronger system will move towards us by the end of next week. This should bring increasing rain chances by Thursday potentially lingering into your Friday, but we’ve got several days to watch this system, so stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving, and have a great Friday!

Isaac Williams
WVUA-TV Weather
iwilliams@wvuatv.com
Twitter: @WVUA_Isaac

A Very Cold Night Ahead…Warmer By Weekend – Wednesday Evening Forecast Update 9:20 PM

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While the sun was out in full force today, temperatures did not respond accordingly. Most spots were at least 20 degrees colder than average today, with several locations breaking record low maximum temperatures (Tuscaloosa and Anniston). High pressure will remain in control over the Southeast for the next couple of days, allowing us to have some tranquil weather.

Your Thanksgiving Thursday should be fantastic weather-wise after a cold star to the day. Temperatures will rebound to around 50 degrees with abundant sunshine. That aforementioned high will slowly shift toward the east, allowing a more southeasterly flow to result at the surface. This should help our temperatures increase toward the mid and upper 50s by Saturday while the sunshine stays in full force.

Some weather changes begin happening toward the end of the weekend as a quickly-moving upper air disturbance traverses the Southeast. This will help create enough upward motion for some showers by the time we get to Monday. I’m not expecting a total washout, but some periods of rain are likely through the day Monday. By Monday night, that system will be shifting to our east, so we should the return of sunshine by Tuesday. Also, temperatures won’t be plummeting behind this system, because we have another system for Wednesday and Thursday.

The forecast models are hinting at this system being much more organized than the one on Monday. Accordingly, we should see rain chances increasing initially Wednesday afternoon, with higher rain chances coming in for your Thursday.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Isaac Williams
WVUA-TV Weather
iwilliams@wvuatv.com
Twitter: @WVUA_Isaac

Light Rain/Snow Moving In… Tuesday Update – 9:40pm

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Good Tuesday evening! We’re getting lots of reports of rain changing to snow or mixing with snow across east and central Mississippi. Expect rain to increase in coverage across west Alabama between now and 11pm. Rain will change over to snow beginning on the Alabama/Mississippi State line between 10pm and 11pm, then the transition will take place from west to east across Alabama tonight. Areas near Tuscaloosa and Birmingham will notice a transition to light snow sometime around midnight… At this point, the risk of snow accumulations is low, but a burst of heavier snow may produce a quick dusting somewhere across Alabama tonight. Even if you get a quick dusting of snow at your house tonight, it will quickly melt as the precip comes to an end later tonight. There is a low chance of some icy bridges north of I-20 tonight, so drive careful as the temperature drops below freezing.

Most of you will sleep right through this event, as skies will become sunny around sunrise Wednesday morning.

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Little Light Snow Tonight… Dry and Chilly Week… Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4pm

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I had an awesome time speaking to the 1st graders at Oak Mountain Elementary School in Birmingham this morning. I’ll show the kids on WVUA news at 5, 6 and 10pm.

Our weather has turned into a mess over the past 24 ro 36 hours, with rain and cold temperatures. At this hour, there isn’t much rain on radar across Alabama, but mist continues in many areas this afternoon. Mist and drizzle is very hard to pick up on radar, but it’s out there. Also, a breezy northwest wind has developed on the back side of the departing low pressure. As cold air continues to funnel into Alabama and an upper level low moves across the state tonight, things will get a little interesting… First, temperatures will continue to drop into the lower 40s by sunset and upper 30s shortly after sunset. We can expect drizzle to continue at times through 10pm tonight.

As an upper level low tracks into the state, there’s a chance light showers will transition into light snow or snow flurries between 11pm and 3am for west Alabama and midnight and 5am in east Alabama. Most of you will sleep through this event and wake up with sunny skies on Wednesday. I don’t expect any snow accumulations across west Alabama, but areas east of I-65 may get a quick dusting of light snow. Since the ground is warm and very wet, flakes that hit the surface will melt. As temperature drop below freezing late tonight, some bridges north of I-20 may become a little icy. Use caution if you’re driving late tonight and early tomorrow morning! After 9am, bridges across the state will be fine…

Thanksgiving Day: Our weather will start off very cold Thursday morning, with most areas well into the lower or middle 20s. We’ll have a hard freeze, with temperatures only warming into the middle 40s for highs. Skies will remain sunny on Thursday.

Black Friday: Expect another cold start to our Friday, with lows in the upper 20s. Skies will remain sunny through the day, with a warmer middle to upper 50s expected.

Saturday and Sunday: Skies will remain sunny on Saturday, with a high close to 60. Saturday morning will start off cold, with upper 20s once again. Clouds will increase on Sunday, with highs in the upper 50s.

Our next risk of rain will occur on Monday, with a good soaking expected for the state. I don’t expect any flash flooding or severe weather issues with this next feature, but we’ll keep an eye on it.

Skies will clear out by sunrise Wednesday morning, with temperatures reaching the upper 30s for highs. Wednesday will be a cold day for sure! A breezy north wind will keep wind chill values in the 20s for much of the day.

If you’re going to the Alabama vs Auburn game in Auburn on Saturday, expect some nice football conditions. Highs will top out in the lower 60s in Auburn on Saturday, with a full day of sunshine.

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Heavy Rain Ending… Light Rain At Times… Snow Flakes Tonight… Tuesday Morning Forecast Update – 11am

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Good Tuesday morning! As of 11am, the heavier rain has ended across the western half of Alabama, while east Alabama is still in moderate to heavy rain. Expect the rain to lighten up a bit over east Alabama between now and 1pm. A strong area of low pressure is tracking just to our south, and winds are now switching around to the north. This means temperatures will fall this evening, with most spots in the low 40s to upper 30s after sunset. Light rain and drizzle will continue at times for the rest of the afternoon and evening, but I don’t expect anything overly heavy for the rest of the day. Most areas across west and central Alabama have picked up between 1″ and 5″ since yesterday afternoon and lastnight… Additional rain totals should be less than 1/4 of an inch.

As the air gets colder tonight and an upper level low tracks across Alabama, there’s a chance rain will change to light snow or snow flurries late tonight. I don’t expect accumulations across west Alabama, but areas east of I-65 and north of I-20 may get a quick dusting of rain. Best chance of snow flakes will happen between 11pm and 5am.

One thing we’re watching close is the risk of ice developing on bridges late tonight and very early Wednesday morning. The risk should remain isolated, but for areas that drop into the upper 20s to around 30 may have some issues before sunrise tomorrow morning. I think the best chance of a few icy bridges will happen to the north of I-20. We can expect some sunshine to make a return on Wednesday, with highs in the 30s… Thanksgiving day is looking cool and dry, with highs in the 40s, with lows in the 20s…

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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