Rain Chances Increasing… Watching Gulf… Thursday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! It’s a big difference in weather from the east Alabama state line to the west Alabama state line this afternoon. We’ve got lots of sun and hot temperatures, with upper 80s near the Mississippi boarder. East Alabama is dealing with clouds and a few showers, with temperatures in the 70s. Clouds will gradually spread from east to west tonight, with the risk of a few showers. The best chance of a few showers will occur over the eastern half of Alabama tonight, as lows approach the middle 60s.

A disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere over the southeast US is moving northwest. This will bring a few showers to the area on Friday, with the highest rain chance happening from areas near or northeast of Birmingham, where rain should be more widespread. Highs will struggle to reach 80 on Friday, due to extra clouds and some showers. A few high school football stadiums may get a passing shower Friday night, but lightning is not expected to be a big deal. Isolated to scattered showers remain possible on Saturday, but the coverage should be lower.

The upper level low will slide to our west, and moisture will really pool across the area on Sunday and Monday. A weak tropical low moving northward from the Gulf should help to enhance our local rain chance, with showers becoming likely at times. If the low moves over Alabama, the some locally heavy rain will become possible. Due to cooler Gulf temperatures and some wind shear, the tropical low will remain weak. I wouldn’t be totally shocked if it becomes a weak tropical storm, but even then, I don’t expect a strong system. We’ll keep an eye on the latest models and track to determine how much rain we will end up with. With the recent dry weather, this rain should be beneficial…

Alabama takes on Louisiana Monroe in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, with a 3pm kickoff. Temperatures will start off in the lower 80s, under a partly to mostly cloudy sky. A passing shower is possible, but this isn’t a major rain day.

Auburn takes on Mississippi State University on Saturday in Auburn, with a 6:30pm kickoff. A few scattered showers are possible under a mostly cloudy sky. Temperatures will start off in the lower 70s at kickoff….

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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