Warming Trend Through Thanksgiving… Sunday Forecast Update — 8pm

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A chilly day across Central Alabama despite seeing plenty of sunshine. We started this morning off at or just below freezing before warming to 50° this afternoon.

A freeze warning is in effect tonight from 9pm until 9am as temperatures will plummet into the mid and upper 20’s across the area. This freeze warning signals the end of the growing season for us here in Central Alabama. Otherwise, a quiet night as a clear sky and calm conditions stick around to start the week of Thanksgiving.

A warming trend begins on Monday, we’ll start out cold, but expect afternoon temperatures to reach the mid 50’s for many as we will continue  to see a mostly sunny sky. Monday night will not be quite as cold; however temperatures will fall back to the lower 30’s, with many reaching the freezing mark. Tuesday through Thursday will be very nice. A mostly sunny sky with temperatures returning to the 60’s. Travel plans shouldn’t be inhibited here in the Deep South on Wednesday, although system will be gathering strength in the Rockies.

Thanksgiving Day will be very nice with a few clouds, some sunshine, and temperatures in the upper 60’s. A few more clouds start to move in late Thanksgiving Day, leading to a partly or mostly cloudy Black Friday as the next cold front approaches. We will stay dry through the peak shopping hours of Black Friday, but a few showers start to creep in Friday evening from the northwest.

This weekend has the best chance for rain as the cold front will slowly track across the state, bringing some more rain to Central Alabama Saturday and Sunday.

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Cold and Blustery Sunday… Saturday Forecast Update — 7:30pm

 

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A mix of clouds and sun today as the wind picked up across the state today ahead of a stout cold front. Only a few showers for the very northern edge of the viewing area, the rest of us only saw cloud cover as the front moved through.

The sky will continue to clear out tonight as cold air rushes into the area overnight. Temperatures will be chilly, but not exceptionally cold due to the wind sweeping across the area. Expect lows Sunday morning to be in the lower 30’s. Windy conditions continue through the day on Sunday, limiting how warm we will get despite the prospect of abundant sunshine. Temperatures will only warm into the upper 40’s tomorrow afternoon so make sure you are prepared for cooler and windier weather tomorrow.

Sunday night will be one of the coldest nights since last winter. The sky will be clear, the wind will have calmed and temperatures will plummet into the mid and upper 20’s. A freeze warning has already been issued for Central Alabama for Sunday night into Monday morning. Bundle up if you have to be out Sunday night or early Monday morning.

A clear sky on Monday and lighter winds will allow us to warm up by Monday afternoon from that cold start. Temperatures will peak in the mid 50’s under a mostly sunny sky. The rest of Thanksgiving week will see a warming trend back into the upper 60’s by Thanksgiving Day. A few clouds will periodically move across the sky this week, but we will stay dry through the holiday.

The next cold front will approach the area as Black Friday winds down and as we prepare for the Iron Bowl in Auburn, Alabama. The exact timing is still uncertain, but the front should sweep through Friday night/Saturday morning. Temperatures behind the front will cool down once more, although probably not nearly as cold as this weekend’s front.

The Atlantic tropics are calm as we wind the hurricane season (officially ending on Nov. 30).

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Colder Air Arrives Saturday Night… Friday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Today has turned out to be another beautiful Fall day, with temperatures warming into the middle to upper 60s across the area. Expect chilly conditions tonight, with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s. We’ll be watching a deep trough dig across the eastern half of the US over the weekend, and that will send some big weather changes our way this weekend. The same system is going to dump an incredible amount of snow on areas like Des Moines to Chicago to Detroit, where some of these areas could get 6 to 12 inches of snow today through Saturday night. Some light snow or snow showers are possible as far south as Gatlinburg, where the higher elevations could get a small snow accumulation.

The cold front will reach northwest Alabama Saturday afternoon, and race southeast through the afternoon and evening. A few light showers are possible ahead of the front, but moisture will be very limited. Expect a chilly northwest breeze to develop during the evening hours.

Alabama takes on Charleston Southern in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3pm. Expect temperatures in the mid 60s at kickoff, falling into the lower 50s by the end of the game, with a developing northwest breeze. There could be a passing sprinkle or shower, but nothing heavy is expected. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies for the game…

Sunday will feature the coldest day so far this season, with highs in the 40s on Sunday. Skies become sunny, but cold air advection will offset and prevent a warm-up. As winds go calm Sunday night and Monday night, we can expect a freeze and frost combo across the area. Expect upper 20s Monday morning, then lower 30s Tuesday morning.

We’ll warm into the middle 50s on Monday, which is still a good bit below the normal high for late November. A slow warming trend will take over next week, with low 60s possible on Tuesday, then upper 60s by Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday is looking mild and dry, with temperatures in the lower 70s for some areas.

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Nice Now… Much Colder Air Ahead… Thursday Forecast Update – 3:45pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! After a foggy start to the day, it has turned out absolutely beautiful this afternoon. Skies are sunny and temperatures have reached the low 70s in some areas. Expect clear skies tonight, with temperatures falling into the lower 40s.

Friday will look nice again, with a good dose of sunshine. Highs will warm into the upper 60s on Friday, with another chilly night Friday night. Temperatures will be close to normal on Friday.

A deep trough digs across the eastern US over the weekend, sending a strong cold front into Alabama Saturday afternoon. We’ll warm into the 60s during the day on Saturday, with a late afternoon northwest breeze developing. A few clouds will pass by, but there’s just not enough moisture for rain, however, there could be a passing sprinkle by late afternoon or evening. Expect colder temperatures by Saturday night, with lows in the lower to middle 30s. Sunday will be the coldest day so far this season, with highs in the upper 40s! Expect a good dose of sunshine on Sunday, but temperatures will remain chilly. Sunday night will feature a light freeze for most of our area, with upper 20s along I-20 and lower 30s south of I-20. With a calm wind, frost will be widespread and fairly thick. Take the cold weather precautions to protect any plants that are susceptible to the frost and freeze.

We’ll feature a slow warming trend next week, with highs in the mid 50s on Monday, low 60s on Tuesday and mid 60s on Wednesday. Lows at night will remain chilly.

Alabama takes on Charleston Southern in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3pm. Expect temperatures in the mid 60s at kickoff, falling into the lower 50s by the end of the game, with a developing northwest breeze. There could be a passing sprinkle, but nothing heavy is expected. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies for the game…

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Rain is Ending This Afternoon… Dry For a While Ahead… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! As of 4pm, rain is still falling across east Alabama, but rain will be ending there over the next couple of hours, as drier air takes over this evening. With lots of low level moisture in place overnight, I expect some fog in spots tonight and early Thursday, so allow extra travel time on the roads incase fog is in your area. Rain totals with this event:

Coker – 3.26″

Taylorville – 2.90″

Holt Lake – 2.93″

Fosters – 2.75″

Lake Tuscaloosa – 2.76″

Tuscaloosa – 2.29″

Birmingham – 1.78″

Winfield – 1.25″

Akron – 2.20″

Tishabee – 2.20″

The weather ahead will be turning dry for a while, as the airmass over the next few days doesn’t support rain. Temperatures will get cool tonight, with lows in the 40s. We can expect seasonal weather for Thursday and Friday, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.

A strong cold front will pass through Alabama on Saturday, with a developing north breeze. I don’t expect rain along the front, but a few clouds may pass by. Temperatures will drop to near or just below freezing Saturday night and Sunday night. The best chance of widespread frost will come Sunday night, as winds go calm. Expect highs to struggle to reach 50 on Sunday; in-fact, some areas may not get out of the 40s along and north of I-20.

Next week will feature a slow warming trend, with highs in the mid 50s on Monday, low 60s on Tuesday and mid 60s on Wednesday. Chilly conditions will remain in the forecast at night early next week.

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9am Radar Update, Rain Continues.. #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday morning! At 9am, rain continues to fall over most of the state, with some very heavy rain mixed in. Fortunately, I haven’t heard of any damage from the storms across our area. The only damage I’ve seen is from the non-thunderstorm winds lastnight due to a pressure gradient across the area. Winds gusts to 40mph and took a few trees down, causing power outages. The wind really picked up yesterday afternoon, as the gradient in pressure between a high to our northeast and a low to our northwest really tightened across the state.

With a lack of instability this morning, storms just didn’t really have the kick to cause severe issues, however, it’s a big mess across the state this morning. There is still a risk of a spin-up tornado or damaging wind gust near the Montgomery and Troy area through the early afternoon, but our local area will be turning sharply cooler this afternoon, as a cold front moves in.

Rain will gradually end from west to east today; in-fact, rain could end as early as lunch on the Alabama/Mississippi state line, then ending during the afternoon hours across central and east Alabama. Rain totals have been very impressive with this event, with some areas picking up over 2 to 3 inches already. I’ll have a list of rain totals a little later today, once the event ends.

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New Tornado Watch Deep South AL til 4PM Wednesday #alwx @wvua23

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Good morning! The Storm Prediciont Center has issued a new tornado watch for the Montgomery area of central Alabama until 4pm. Marengo and Hale County are under the tornado watch until 9am, then those counties will be dropped. Perry County is officially until 4pm, but the National Weather Service will drop Perry County by 11am, as the severe risk shifts into deep south and southeast Alabama. For our local area, the severe weather is low for the rest of the day, however, we’ll watch radar trends as the line moves east.

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