Tricked by Mother Nature… Halloween Forecast Update — 7:45pm

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Happy Halloween! The weather played a trick on us today with light rain this morning and afternoon transitioning into some very heavy rain at times with embedded thunder and lightning. Thankfully, no severe weather here in Central Alabama today. If you have any plans late tonight for Halloween, be aware that the rain will likely continue overnight, although there may be a break in the rain later. Don’t forget! Daylight Saving Time ends tonight at 2am. Turn those clocks back one hour before you head to bed!

The showers and thunderstorms will continue for us on Sunday. There maybe a few breaks in the rain throughout the day, but the end to the rain won’t arrive until Monday. Temperatures for Sunday will be similar to today. The rain will finally taper off Monday and we will begin to see the sky clear Monday afternoon and evening, expect the afternoon high to be a bit warmer on Monday, back into the low and mid 70’s. Plenty of sunshine returns for Tuesday, and temperatures respond positively to the sun, we will reach the mid and upper 70’s Tuesday afternoon.

Clouds will filter back into our sky Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, ahead of the next system that will try to bring us rain next Saturday. We’ll keep an eye on this to see how they progress, but Tuesday through Friday look dry at this point. Temperatures will be warm, reaching the upper 70’s by Wednesday and morning lows will be mild in the upper 50’s.

The tropics are quiet.

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Peter Crank
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Soggy Weather for Trick-or-Treaters — Saturday, October 31, 5pm Update #alwx

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Heavy showers and thunderstorms are drenching West Alabama right now, and will continue to move northeastward, bringing soaking rains to much of Central Alabama. Some gusty winds are possible in addition to the heavy rain and thunder. Might be wise to stay inside and enjoy the night indoors as this rain moves through.

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Peter Crank
WVUA Staff Meteorologist
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Wet Weather Ahead… Friday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! It’s a beautiful Fall day across the state, with plenty of sunshine and mild afternoon temperatures. We started off in the 40s this morning, but dry air and a surface high over the area have allowed temperatures to warm fast today. High level clouds are already moving into the area, and that’s signs of upper level moisture approaching from the west. As the atmosphere saturates over the next 24 hours, clouds will really thicken up across the area. Temperatures will drop into the 50s tonight, and with thick cloud cover on Saturday, temperatures will struggle to reach the 70 degree mark.

First off, tonight will be dry. Local high school football will have no issues with rain. Temperatures will dip into the 50s by the 10pm end to the games. Skies will gradually become partly to mostly cloudy overnight.

Halloween day will feature a cloudy sky, with temperatures in the 60s most of the day. Showers will gradually spread into far west Alabama during the early to mid afternoon. Heavier rain will reach the west Alabama state line sometime just before sunset. Most outdoor events will stand a high chance of getting rained on Saturday evening and Saturday night. Rain could become heavy at times with thunder. Severe weather is not expected. As the slow moving upper level low moves east, rain chances will remain high on Sunday, with occasional rain and thunder. Rain totals will approach 1 to 4 inches across much of central Alabama. Some of you will get about an inch of rain, while other areas get nearly 4 inches. It depends on where the heaviest rain axis sets up. Models still differ on where that zone is going to occur. Rain chances will end on Monday, as the low moves to the east. We’ll go dry for much of next week. Temperatures will remain mild Tuesday through Thursday, with highs in the upper 70s to near 80.

Time change is happening before sunrise Sunday morning. Before you go to bed Saturday night, don’t forget to set that clock back one hour. Standard time begins at 2am Sunday morning.

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Richard Scott
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Nice Friday… Wet Weekend… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! After a few showers lastnight and a gloomy start to the day, this afternoon has turned out beautiful. Temperatures have warmed well into the 70s today, which is close to average for late October. As drier air moves in tonight, temperatures will dip into the middle to upper 40s for lows. Friday looks great, as an area of high pressure moves over the area. Skies remain sunny on Friday, with a high in the lower to middle 70s.

Halloween: As an upper air trough moves in from the west, moisture will pool across the area. As uplift from the trough moves in, rain will become widespread sometime Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday. Some rain could be heavy with thunder, but severe weather appears unlikely at this time. Periods of rain and thunder will continue through the day on Sunday, which will drive rain amounts upwards of 1″ – 4″ across Alabama. Understand, rain amounts will be uneven. Some of you will get a large amount, approaching 4 inches, while some of you only get about an inch out of the event. Models are having a hard time on the start/stop point, so keep checking back with us for any sudden changes.

Drier weather starts to move back in on Monday, and we’ll go dry for much of next week. Temperatures will remain mild Tuesday through Thursday, with highs in the upper 70s to near 80.

Time change is happening before sunrise Sunday morning. Before you go to bed Saturday night, don’t forget to set that clock back one hour. Standard time begins at 2am Sunday morning.

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Richard Scott
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Isolated Showers Tonight… Dry Friday… Storms Return This Weekend… #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out nice this afternoon, after the gloomy and damp start to the day. As drier mid level air advected into the area this afternoon, skies have become partly cloudy. We are watching a cold front to the northwest of Alabama. As the front moves through the state late tonight, a few showers and maybe a thunderstorm will move across our area. Some areas will miss the rain, but don’t be shocked if you get a quick hitting shower or storm overnight. By sunrise tomorrow morning, any showers left on radar should be in far east Alabama or Georgia. Highs will remain in the 70s on Thursday. Expect increasing sunshine through the day, with a really nice afternoon setting up.

Temperatures will get rather chilly Thursday night, with lows in the upper 40s to near 50. Skies will remain sunny on Friday, and the weather Friday night will be perfect for local high school football. Expect a surface high overhead to create light to calm winds.

A deep upper air trough and surface low will form to the west of Alabama on Saturday. As moisture rapidly pools ahead of the system, we can expect clouds to increase on Saturday. By early evening, showers and storms will work into west Alabama, which is a problem for most outdoor Halloween plans Saturday evening and night. While the timing could still change some, there is increasing confidence rain will arrive sometime between 2pm and 7pm in west Alabama, then spread east. Severe weather is not expected at this time. Showers and storms will continue at times on Sunday, with a high in the lower 70s. Models now suggest Monday and Tuesday will be mostly dry, as the system dampens out a bit.

Time change is happening before sunrise Sunday morning. Before you go to bed Saturday night, don’t forget to set that clock back one hour. Standard time begins at 2am Sunday morning.

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Showers Tonight… Dry Mid-Late Week… Rain Next Weekend… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! It has been a really gloomy day across the state, with light showers and windy conditions. Temperatures have held in the 60s all day. Clouds will remain thick tonight, as a weak surface low tracks across the area. Uplift with that feature will continue to produce spotty showers and drizzle overnight. Additional rain amounts will be really light tonight and early Wednesday. Drier air will take over Wednesday afternoon, with decreasing clouds. Highs will reach the lower 70s on Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s rain totals so far from our weather checkers:

Coker – 1.38″

Lake Tuscaloosa – 1.24″

Holt Lake – 1.00″

Fosters – 1.25″

Dayton – 2.25″

Jasper – 1.70″

Akron – 1.50″

Childersburg – 1.47″

Black Creek – 1.71″

Myrtlewood – 2.00″

Butler – 5.00″

Sylacauga – 1.23″

Coaling – 1.25″

Taylorville – 1.07″

Winfield – 3.25″

Tuscaloosa – 1.28″

Birmingham – 1.01″

Anniston – 1.16″

A weak cold front will move through early Thursday morning. There could be some isolated showers along the front, but that should occur during the night-time hours Wednesday night. Expect lows to dip into the upper 40s Thursday night. Thursday and Friday will feature plenty of sunshine as a surface high moves over the area.

Clouds quickly increase ahead of our next storm system. Rain will become likely Saturday night and continue at times on Sunday and Monday. Models are in great agreement on the timing and coverage, so I’ve increased the risk of rain. It will be a close call Saturday evening for the Halloween plans, as rain could begin in west Alabama as early as sunset. Given that’s several days out, my hope is that slows down just a bit. Sunday and Monday could be wet at times, with a healthy rain event for the state. Some models suggest our area could get anywhere between 1 and 4 inches of rain.

Time change is happening before sunrise Sunday morning. Before you go to bed Saturday night, don’t forget to set that clock back one hour. Standard time begins at 2am Sunday morning.

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Showers Continue… Nice After Wednesday… Monday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! As expected, a big mass of rain has moved across the state in response to a surface low over Louisiana and deep tropical moisture from the remnants of Patrica. As of 4pm, numerous batches of light to moderate rain continue to track northward across the state, and this trend will continue through Wednesday morning. Keep in mind, there will be breaks in the rain this evening, tonight and on Tuesday. When the rain is falling in your area, it will likely be in the form of light to moderate rain, with a few quick heavy rain intervals. Temperatures will slowly drop into the 60s tonight, under a cloudy sky. A gusty east breeze will continue through Tuesday, as a fairly deep surface low tracks closer to the state and a strong surface high remains northeast of Alabama. The pressure gradient has really increased the wind today; in-fact, conditions along the gulf coast have mimicked tropical storm conditions, however, the low is non-tropical.

Drier air will take over Wednesday morning, and the risk of showers will greatly decrease. Some sun is possible after lunch on Wednesday. Expect a mostly sunny sky on Thursday and Friday, as a surface high pressure moves into the area. Highs will remain in the lower 70s all week, with lows dropping into the 50s Wednesday night and Thursday night.

Clouds increase on Halloween day, as a surface low and upper air trough progresses towards Alabama from the west. At this time, the risk of rain on Halloween is low, but Sunday looks rather wet. It’s going to be a close call for local Halloween night plans, but most models hold the rain off until after midnight. I’ll update the forecast as we get closer and let you know of any changes to that time-frame.

Time change is happening before sunrise Sunday morning. Before you go to bed Saturday night, don’t forget to set that clock back one hour. Standard time begins at 2am Sunday morning.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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