Rainy Weekend Ahead…Friday Evening Update 9p.m.
December 2, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Friday evening! It was a lovely day across central Alabama with cool temperatures and clear skies across the state. Tonight, we will start to see clouds start to develop ahead of a disturbance that will arrive this weekend. With increasing clouds, lows will be a little warmer in the upper 40’s for most thanks to cloud cover preventing heat escape.
Saturday starts dry in the morning, but clouds will still thickening. As we go into the afternoon, showers will traverse from west to east, with parts of west Alabama receiving their rain first, then east Alabama getting their rain closer to sunset. Overall, it looks like a good day to stick inside. Sunday will continue the opportunity for showers: unlike Saturday, rain will be much more widespread and cover much more of the state. Rain totals from the weekend will likely approach near 2 inches for some locally independent areas. Highs will be a little cooler thanks to cloud cover keeping sunshine out that would normally help warm things up.
Next work week looks to start off with still more much needed rain. A secondary low that will develop off the first system arriving this weekend will bring more precipitation to the state. Increased dew points Monday evening will likely aid in the production of a few thunderstorms to mix in with the showers. That system will take a little time to move out of the state, providing the opportunity for a few isolated showers for Tuesday. Wednesday will see partly sunny skies. Zonal flow and still present moisture will aid in cloud development: precipitation no longer looks favorable do develop for the day so rain chances have been dropped. Thursday we start to watch for a huge trough to dig into the south. With it, MUCH cooler temperatures will arrive, likely the coolest we’ve seen so far going towards winter. Model disagreement is at a large with precipitation chances for Thursday with the entering of that trough. Currently going to keep rain chances low and will alter as we get closer to time. Friday will be COLD! Highs in the mid 40’s are predicted now, but we could see those dropped lower in the coming days. Winds from the north will be very strong after the passing of the trough so wind-chill will be low.
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