Merry Christmas! Cold Nights, Cool Days Continue… Wednesday AM Forecast Update – 10:45am

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Merry Christmas to you! Our Wednesday morning started off very cold, with most areas in the upper teens to lower 20s. With mostly sunny skies today, we’ll warm into the 40s this afternoon. Expect another cold night tonight, with Wednesday night lows in the middle 20s. Some lower 20s are possible north of I-20.

Thursday and Friday will feature cool days and very cold nights. Lows will continue in the 20s, but daytime temperatures will reach the lower to middle 50s both days. We’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine through Saturday. A few clouds will pass through on Sunday, along with a dry cold front. Expect highs in the upper 50s on Saturday and Sunday.

Much colder air will then take over on Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 40s and lows well down in the 20s. At this time, I don’t exepect any precipitation over the next 5 to 7 days, so we should begin to dry out a bit.

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Sunshine Sticking Around – Christmas Eve Update 130 PM

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The clouds cleared out right on time last night, leaving with us maximum sunshine today…finally! Temperatures, however, are struggling to get out of the lower 40s thanks to strong high pressure building in and a northerly wind. As the core of this high gets close to us tonight, temperatures will bottom out in the low 20s area wide, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some colder valleys to dip into the upper teens!!

A quick-moving disturbance will traverse the Southeast tomorrow, but with very dry air in place, I’m expecting only some clouds to accompany this feature…certainly no rain chances to worry about. A seemingly active northwest flow aloft will continue, so another disturbance is expected to move through Friday evening. Like Thursday, only a few clouds are possible and no rain chances will materialize with this system either. Temperatures will begin to moderate by Saturday into the upper 50s.

Another disturbance will move through Sunday evening.  The Euro model has come in this morning suggesting some rain may enter eastern and southeastern sections of the area, but the GFS keeps us dry. We’ll keep an eye on this, but for now I’ve left rain chances out of the forecast for now. I’m expecting a quick-hitting shot of cold air behind this system as highs Monday will be similar to today–low to mid 40s!

I hope everyone has a blessed and very Merry Christmas!!!

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

The Weather Turns Colder but Sunshine Returns – Monday Evening Forecast Update 840 PM

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The clouds have been very slow to clear across the state today, but that process has gotten underway over the last couple of hours. The clearing line basically runs from near Tuscaloosa up to Huntsville. The wind has continued to be gusty at times tonight as well, making the wind chill dip down into the 30s and 20s in some spots. The wind will probably stay between 5-10 mph tonight and as temperatures fall into the upper 20s, the wind chill could be as low as 20 or upper teens! There is one last upper disturbance moving through the Mid-South that could trigger additional clouds over the northern half of the area overnight towards daybreak, but no more rain is expected for the next 7 days.

High pressure builds in tomorrow and temperatures will struggle to get out of the lower 40s despite lots of sunshine. The high will shift to the north of us, but Christmas morning continues to look cold with temperatures well down in the lower 20s area wide! As that high shifts to the northeast, it will pave the way for an upper disturbance to move through the area late Wednesday into Thursday. There will be very limited moisture with this system, and at this time I’m only expecting a temporary increase in cloud cover.

Another disturbance is expected Friday evening, but again there will be limited moisture to work with so no rain is expected. The upper flow shifts to west-southwesterly by the weekend, so temperatures may warm a couple degrees into the upper 50s with no rain chances expected.

As we move towards the end of the weekend into the first part of the work week, a stronger disturbance will move through and bring in much colder air behind it. There could be just enough moisture to squeeze out a few sprinkles or light showers, but at this time I’m not including any rain chances in the forecast. Temperatures will struggle to get out of the low 40s on Monday as well! Guidance continues to suggest a stronger system to come in after the New Year, but timing issues have yet to be resolved so stay tuned!

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

A Sunny, Calm Week Ahead – Sunday Evening Forecast Update 810 PM

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We’ve had quite the busy 24 to 36 hours in the weather office, from severe weather potential to flooding issues over parts of the area, especially in the eastern parts of the state. As of this writing, heavy rains continued over parts of Coosa, Clay, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Autauga, and Elmore Counties of southeast central Alabama. Here in west Alabama, we continue to have light showers moving through the area as well.

For the rest of the night tonight, high-resolution guidance continues to suggest another wave of light rain to develop during the overnight hours, primarily along and east of I-59 or along and east of a line from Livingston to Tuscaloosa to Birmingham. This is in association with the final push of this storm system that has been very slow to move across the Southeastern states. By tomorrow afternoon, the sky should begin to partially clear from northwest to southeast as highs top out around 50.

High pressure begins settling in from the northwest by Christmas Eve Tuesday. This will bring a fresh shot of cold air with it as highs will struggle to get out of the low 40s across the board despite maximum sunshine. While the core of this high looks to stay just off to our northeast, it will be quite cold Christmas morning with lows well down in the low to mid 20s so Santa will need to bundle up for sure!!

A quick moving upper disturbance will pass to the north Thursday, but will send in a cool front across the area. This front will not have much moisture to work with, so for now I’m only expecting a temporary increase in cloud cover with no rain. We’ll begin Friday morning back down in the upper 20s. Longer range guidance continues to advertise some rain towards the beginning part of next week, but the timing continues to flip-flop around so for now I’m keeping Sunday dry but mild.

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

Why No Major Severe Weather Issues… Sunday Update 11am…

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Good Sunday morning! As many of you may have noticed, we didn’t have any major severe weather issues here lastnight. I’ll be honest, I think most meteorologists, including myself, are in shock that we didn’t have a single tornado or severe thunderstorm warning. The severe weather parameters were very high and disturbing for this time of the year. For the people saying we hyped up this event, you don’t understand what we saw with our computer data. Even if you walked outside, I’m sure you noticed how warm and windy it was on Saturday. Our local area was very fortunate not to have major issues, especially just before Christmas.

There was injuries and a few fatalities reports to our west and north, but the main lift moved out of the area before the storms got to us. While that was our only limiting factor, I’ve seen severe weather with much less. I’m more than happy we made it through this one without major problems!

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Just Rain and Thunder Tonight/This Morning… Sunday AM Radar Update – 3:15am

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Good Sunday morning! The good news, the severe risk has ended across Alabama this morning. While there are strong storms on radar as of 3pm, I don’t expect any issues with severe weather. Sure, there could be some gusty winds and intense lightning over the next few hours… At 3am, the heavy rain and intense lightning was located across much of west and central Alabama. If you haven’t seen rain yet across parts of south central and east Alabama, the rain will reach you over the next few hours. Totals are really adding up across west Alabama, where some areas have picked up over 2 inches… Rain will gradually end from west to east this morning and should be mostly into Georgia by lunch.

West Alabama should dry out shortly after sunrise, but rain is still possible at times for areas east and south of Birmingham through the early afternoon.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Twitter: Richard_wvua

 

Weather Update – 220 AM

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Here’s the latest radar as of 213 AM as the line of thunderstorms continues to push eastward with no severe weather warnings.

Currently, there are severe weather watches or warnings across the DMA as of this writing. The line of thunderstorms will continue moving east and will be capable of producing wind gusts of up to 30 to 40 mph at times, torrential downpours that could cause some temporary flooding, and dangerous lightning.

We will continue to monitor the weather situation throughout the night, but for now the severe weather threat remains very low throughout the night.

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