Chilly Air Ahead… Weekend Rain… Tuesday Forecast Update – 6pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday evening! After a gloomy and damp day across the state, a cold front is approaching the area. The front will bring a change to chilly and dry weather on Wednesday and Thursday. Clouds will remain rather thick tonight and into the morning hours on Wednesday, but I expect clearing by lunch on Wednesday. Temperatures will drop into the lower 40s for areas along and south of I-20 tonight, with a few upper 30s possible to the north of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham by sunrise Wednesday.

Clouds gradually clear as a developing north breeze ushers in drier air on Wednesday. Highs will reach the upper 50s along I-20 on Wednesday afternoon, with low 50s likely in the Hamilton to Cullman areas. Lows will drop into the upper 20s to low 30s Wednesday night, under a clear sky. Thursday will feature a chilly day, with highs in the upper 40s. A chilly north breeze will continue on Thursday.

A very deep upper air trough will dig across the central US on Friday and Saturday, sending a cold front in our direction. As moisture increases on Friday, clouds will quickly increase through the day. The risk of rain is low on Friday, but occasional showers are expected Friday night and during the day on Saturday. I don’t expect an all day rain on Saturday, but keep the umbrella handy. Temperatures will be very warm on Saturday, with a high in the lower to middle 70s. A south breeze will pump lots of moisture and warm temperatures northward into Alabama Saturday.

The cold front will push into west Alabama very early Sunday morning, with a soaking rain along and behind the front. The risk of severe weather is low with this event, however, we’ll keep an eye on forecast trends. I expect rain amounts at or just over 1 inch over the weekend. A very sharp change to colder air will filter into the area on Sunday. Some models suggest there could be a brief change to a wintry mix generally along and north of HWY 278 Sunday afternoon. If you live near or north of Hamilton and Cullman, don’t be surprised if you see a few flurries mixed into the rain Sunday afternoon, but temperatures are expected to remain above freezing there, so travel issues and accumulations are not expected. Areas near I-20 and to the south will only get rain with this event. Again, the brief wintry mix is possible Sunday afternoon for areas over extreme north Alabama.

Temperatures will remain chilly on Monday and Tuesday, with a small chance of a few showers. Temperatures will be well above freezing, so wintry weather is not expected those two days…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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