Disastrous Drought Continues… Colder Air This Weekend… Thursday Forecast Update – 6:10pm #alwx @wvua23
November 17, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Thursday afternoon! The new drought monitor is in and the news is bad. The latest update has exceptional drought conditions covering a large portion of central, west, east and north Alabama, which is the first time since the historic 2007/2008 drought. This year’s rain deficits are over 13″ in Tuscaloosa and nearing 17″ in Anniston. Many lakes, rivers and streams are at all time lows or nearing all time lows. We need a lot of rain to get us out of this drought, and unfortunately, the rain in the forecast over the next 7 days is only small amounts.
Skies remain clear tonight, with temperatures dropping into the upper 40s by sunrise tomorrow morning. Clouds will gradually increase on Friday, ahead of a strong cold front. With limited moisture ahead of the front, the amount of rain will be very low for our state. Late Friday night, a thin band of showers will pass through the area and will produce rain amounts generally less than 0.10″. Rain amounts like that will not help the drought situation. Some spots across central Alabama will not get an rain at all Friday night. Skies will become sunny quickly Saturday morning.
The coldest air so far this season will arrive on Saturday, with temperatures only topping out in the upper 50s to near 60. Skies will become clear on Saturday and remain sunny through Sunday. Expect middle to upper 50s for highs on Sunday, with temperatures near freezing Sunday morning and Monday morning. The best chance of widespread frost will happen Sunday night, as winds go calm. If winds can go calm Saturday night, frosty conditions will develop then as well.
Highs will return into the 60s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A weak system will pass to the north of Alabama on Wednesday, and there is a chance we could see a few showers sometime Wednesday and into Wednesday night. Models suggest our area will not get a lot of rain and some areas will remain dry.
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist