Unsettled Weather Ahead… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out hot again today, with highs reaching the lower 90s across the area. A few tiny storms have popped up on radar, but many areas will not get rain this evening. Conditions will remain muggy tonight, with temperatures gradually falling into the 70s. 

The pattern begins to change a bit on Thursday and Friday, as the deep central US trough sends a cold front into Alabama. A few spotty storms are possible on Thursday, but the best chance of scattered storms will arrive on Friday. Highs will drop into the upper 80s due to more clouds on Friday. I don’t expect rain all day on Friday, but have the umbrella handy. With a lifting feature moving through and lots of tropical moisture, a storm could move over you at any point on Friday. 

The weekend… Model data has really backed off the idea of this front making it well south of our area, bringing cool and dry air to Alabama in time for the weekend. The main energy with this system will pass well to the north of the state, causing the cold front to stall out right over us this weekend. Skies will remain partly sunny on Saturday and Sunday, with a few scattered showers and storms. The best chance of scattered weekend storms will occur south of I-20, but for the cities of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Anniston, have the umbrella nearby. 

Highs school football on Friday night will be questionable, with a decent risk of scattered showers and storms. While some games will go just fine, some will deal with a passing downpour. Take the rain gear to your football game Friday night to be safe! Temperatures will drop into the upper 70s to end the local games at 10pm.

Alabama takes on Southern Miss this weekend, with a 5pm kickoff. Expect a partly cloudy sky during the game, with temperatures slowly falling from the middle 80s at kickoff to the lower 80s at the end of the game. This game will not be near as hot for fans in the stadium like last week. Unfortunately, with the front stalling out near the area, a few scattered showers and storms are possible around game-time. While the risk isn’t all that high, take the poncho to be safe….

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