Chilly Now… Lots of Rain Soon… Wednesday Forecast Update – 11am #alwx

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Happy New Year Eve! Today has started off cloudy for some areas as a shallow layer of moisture has moved into Alabama from the east. This was not very well forecasted, but based off visible satellite trends, the clouds should erode away pretty quickly today, with lots of sunshine on this Wednesday afternoon. Ofcouse this will be short lived, as a big rain event is on the way to Alabama on Friday and Saturday.

If you have plans outdoors this evening or tonight for the kick off of 2015, expect some cold temperatures. We’ll drop below freezing around 10pm and drop into the upper 20s by midnight. Take the thick jacket if you’re going outside!

Clouds will increase once again tonight and on Thursday, with highs struggling to reach the lower 50s on Thursday and Friday. Rain will spread in sometime late Thursday night or on Friday, with a big soaking expected. It will not rain all day on Friday or on Saturday, but keep the umbrella handy at any time. Above is the forecasted rain amounts. Expect most areas across central and west Alabama to pick up between 2 and 4 inches before the rain ends very early on Sunday. Highs will warm into the middle 60s on Saturday, as a warm front moves northward. Some strong storms are possible Saturday afternoon, but the risk of severe weather is low. We’ll still have a mostly cloudy sky on Sunday, as moisture slowly moves out of the area. Temperatures will drop a bit on Sunday and Monday, with temperatures falling into the lower 50s for highs, and lows near freezing.

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Alabama takes on Ohio State in the playoff game in New Orleans on Thursday. Kickoff is at 7:30pm… Since the game will be inside the Superdome, expect dry and pleasant conditions. Showers are possible outside the dome, with temperatures in the 50s.

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Cool Days… Rain Returns by Friday… Tuesday Forecast Update – 3:40pm #alwx

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Good Tuesday afternoon! After a gloomy start to the day, it’s nice to see the sunshine return this afternoon across the area. Temperatures remain cool despite the sunny end to our Tuesday. A deep trough across the central US is allowing colder air to filter in from the north. This trough will not dig deeper into the south; in-fact, we’ll remain on the edge of the cooler airmass, so temperatures will only be a few degrees below average through Thursday.

High pressure will nose into the area tonight and on Wednesday, so dry conditions will stick around. Temperatures will get cold at night, with lows in the upper 20s tonight and Wednesday night. If you have plans outdoors for New Year’s Eve night, take the jacket! Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s as early as 10pm and just below freezing by midnight.

Another storm system will track our way late in the week, sending lots of clouds into Alabama on Thursday and Friday. As a warm front lifts in from the southwest late Thursday night and on Friday, rain will quickly spread into the state. Expect a soaking rain at times on Friday and Saturday. A few thunderstorms could get involved on Saturday, but severe weather is not expected. Highs will top out in the lower 50s on Friday, but we’ll warm into the middle 60s on Saturday as the warm front moves to our north. It will not rain non-stop on Friday and Saturday, but periods of heavy rain are likely. There could be some isolated flash flooding. Temperatures will drop to near average on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, as cooler air returns. At this time, Sunday appears to be mostly dry, although, clouds will likely stick around for most of the day.

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Alabama takes on Ohio State in the playoff game in New Orleans on Thursday. Kickoff is at 7:30pm… Since the game will be inside the Superdome, expect dry and pleasant conditions. Showers are possible outside the dome, with temperatures in the 50s.

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Cool Days Ahead… Big Weekend Rain Event Coming Up… Monday Forecast Update – 3:45pm #alwx

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Good Monday afternoon! It has turned out to be a cool and gloomy winter day across Alabama, with thick clouds and highs in the lower 50s. Skies will remain mostly cloudy all night, with lows falling into the upper 30s. Areas south of I-20 will likely bottom out in the lower 40s. Some fog will be possible across all of west and central Alabama tonight, so use caution if you have to travel. After a cloudy start to Tuesday, the sun should gradually break out later in the day, but temperatures will remain cool, as highs top out in the lower 50s. Areas north of I-20 will likely only reach the upper 40s for highs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

As an area of high pressure settles into the area on New Year’s Eve, expect a mostly sunny sky across Alabama. Highs will reach 50 in many spots on Wednesday, but temperatures will get really cold Wednesday night, as lows fall into the upper 20s. Middle 20s are possible Wednesday night in the typical colder spots north of I-20. If you have outdoor plans for New Year’s Eve, expect a partly cloudy to mostly clear sky. Temperatures will drop into the lower 30s by 10pm and upper 20s at midnight.

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Alabama takes on Ohio State in the playoff game in New Orleans on Thursday. Kickoff is at 7:30pm… Since the game will be inside the Superdome, expect dry and pleasant conditions. Showers are possible outside the dome, with temperatures in the 50s.

As we start off 2015 on Thursday, expect clouds to gradually return to the area. I don’t expect any rain on Thursday, but an area of low pressure will form to our west. As the low moves towards Alabama and moisture increases, expect rain to break out on Friday. Rain will continue at times on Friday, Saturday and early Sunday. Rain could be heavy at times, but I don’t expect severe weather. Temerpatures will reach the middle 50s on Friday, then lower 60s on Saturday. A few rumbles of thunder are possible on Saturday, as the cold front moves into the state. There’s no sign of anything extremely cold behind this front, so only expect a slight drop in temperatures on Sunday and Monday. Rain totals between Friday and Sunday will approach 2 to 4 inches. Some flash flooding is possible where the heavier rain axis sets up…

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When Will the Sun Return? Sunday Forecast Update — 7:30pm

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Today has been another great today to enjoy a nice cup of cocoa, a book, and a roaring fire. While Tuscaloosa hasn’t seen too much rain this morning and afternoon, the clouds, mist and fog have stuck around, and another round of rain is expected tonight. Temperatures will be cooler tonight than last night, dropping into the mid 40’s tonight as the rain slowly moves east. We’ll see another round of rain this evening, but late tonight and early Monday morning, we’ll see the rain taper off.

A few showers could linger into the late morning/afternoon on Monday, especially in the eastern counties. Otherwise, dry conditions spread across Alabama, but the clouds stick around for the day. Temperatures will be cool in the mid 50’s with a northerly breeze.

The clouds are finally scoured out late Monday night and temperatures will plummet into the mid 30’s Monday night. A stout high pressure system will camp out in the Ohio River Valley, sending chilly air and a northerly breeze into the Deep South Tuesday through Thursday. Temperatures each afternoon will be in the upper 40’s and low 50’s. Morning lows on Wednesday and Thursday will be very chilly in the low 30’s and upper 20’s.

Sunshine will be around for the end of 2014 and the start of 2015, before the next system in a series of rather wet disturbances moves into the region late Thursday through Saturday night and Sunday. Temperatures will warm up over the weekend with the rain, so chances of frozen precipitation are out the window. Early rainfall projections for this system are once again, fairly wet. We could see another inch or two of rain next weekend.

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Soggy Sunday… Saturday Forecast Update — 7:30pm

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Good Saturday evening! Rain has been sporadic here in Tuscaloosa; however, south of I-20, the rain has been quite steady throughout the day. More rain moves into the area tonight, bringing with it a better shot of rain for Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Gadsden, and areas north. A flash flood watch is in place for Central Alabama until Monday morning with the copious amounts of rain still anticipated. By the time all is said and done with this rain event, we could see another 1-3″ here in Tuscaloosa.

Mild temperatures overnight tonight as the mercury remains fairly steady tonight, bottoming out in the low 50’s. Sunday will be wet as the axis of rain slowly shifts north as the system moves northeast. High temperatures will be mild once again in the upper 50’s and lower 60’s.

The rain finally tapers off late Sunday night with a possible leftover shower early Monday morning. Otherwise, a northwesterly breeze will kick in and cooler air will sink south across Alabama. Monday morning will start off in the mid 40’s, but only warming up into the mid 50’s Monday afternoon.

The mercury steadily trends downward to close out 2014 and start 2015. Highs on New Years Eve and New Years will be right around 50°, with low temperatures hovering near the freezing mark. The good news is that dry and sunny conditions will make for a great time to ring in the new year!

Another big rain event is possible next weekend, and while the details are still needing to be hammered out, keep the possibility of rain for the weekend in mind as you make plans for the first weekend of the new year!

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Rainy Weekend Ahead… Friday Forecast Update — 3:15pm

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Hope you had a very merry Christmas, and are having a merry Kwanzaa and/or Boxing Day! Clouds spread across the state this afternoon ahead of the next big rain maker, and it’s looking like another big rain maker for this weekend.

Latest rainfall projections put Central Alabama in line for 1-3″ of rainfall beginning late Saturday morning and lasting until early Monday.

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While the bulls-eye of rain will be in South Mississippi and Louisiana, Central Alabama will get plenty of rain as the system pulls up lots of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and dumps it over the Deep South. We’ll see the rain beginning late Saturday morning, and fairly steadily throughout the weekend. By Sunday evening, the rain should begin to taper off; however, I do not think we will fully dry out until Monday afternoon as the system finally pushes east. Temperatures will remain very mild this weekend with the extra cloud cover and winds out of the east and south.

Tonight we’ll cool into the mid 40’s for West Alabama with additional cloud cover. Expect somewhat cooler conditions further east as the clouds will be a little thinner. Saturday will start dry, but the rain will kick in around lunchtime in West Alabama, mid afternoon for the northeastern portions of Alabama. Temperatures will be in the upper 50’s and lower 60’s. The mercury will not fluctuate much overnight Saturday night with the rain and cloud cover. Low temperatures will only drop to the lower 50’s before returning to the lower 60’s Sunday afternoon.

Cooler air slowly moves in Monday afternoon, high temperatures will be in the mid 50’s Monday; however, steadily cooler temperatures are expected as we progress to the end of 2014 and into the start of 2015. We’ll start around freezing on Wednesday, but it will be a struggle on the last day of 2014 to get out of the 40’s despite seeing plenty of sunshine.

2015 will start off cool and sunny with highs in the upper 40’s on Thursday. Some clouds return late Thursday ahead of the next rain maker that arrives Friday of next week.

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More Rain Ahead This Weekend… Christmas Day Forecast Update – 10:30am #alwx

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Merry Christmas! The weather is nearly perfect on this Christmas Day, with a mostly sunny sky and seasonal temperatures. Expect highs to reach the middle to upper 50s this afternoon. Temperatures will get chilly again tonight, with lows well down in the 30s.

Clouds begin to increase on Friday, as a storm system takes shape to our west. With a southwest flow aloft developing and moisture moving into Alabama, it looks like we’re about to get into a rainy weekend, with rain likely at times on Saturday and Sunday. While the rain isn’t expected to be non-stop, a large portion of the weekend will be wet. Above is a map from HPC, suggesting all of Alabama gets a good 2 to 4 inches of rain over the weekend. Widespread flooding isn’t expected, but where the heavier rains occur, there could be some isolated flash flooding. Creeks and rivers will rise once again due to the weekend rain.

Temperatures on Friday will warm into the lower 60s. We’ll remain in the upper 50s to near 60 over the weekend for highs, with lows in the upper 40s to near 50. Clouds and rain will keep temperatures up at night over the weekend.

We’re watching a very cold airmass to our northwest next week, but models are not really bringing the core of that into Alabama. It looks cool next week, but I don’t see the extreme cold reaching us unless model data changes.

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