Chilly Now… Weekend Rain Event… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvau23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! We’ve got some interesting weather changes coming up over the next 5 to 7 days, with some wild swings in temperatures and conditions. Given it’s mid December, this wild variation in weather is not uncommon for Alabama. First, this evening will feature a gradual clearing sky. Temperatures tonight will drop into the upper 20s along and north of I-20, with low 30s to the south. Skies will remain clear overnight, after the early evening clouds move out. Look for plenty of sunshine on Thursday with really chilly conditions. Highs will only reach the middle 40s on Thursday, despite the sunshine. Middle 20s are likely Thursday night, under a clear sky.

Our next storm system will be making its way towards Alabama by the weekend. We’ll notice clouds increasing on Friday, as gulf air begins the northward track into the state. Highs will reach the middle 50s on Friday, but rain should hold off until Friday night, when scattered showers are possible. Saturday will feature a very warm day, with highs in the middle 70s and a gusty south wind. Look for a good chance of scattered on and off showers on Saturday, but I do not expect an all day.

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By Saturday night, a cold front will be approaching northwest Alabama. Rain and storms will break out and gradually pass eastward across Alabama late Saturday night and into the midday hours on Sunday. I expect a few storms to become strong over west Alabama. The Storm Prediction Center has placed west Alabama under a slight risk of severe weather for 10pm Saturday night through 6am Sunday morning. Gusty winds will be possible with the storms, as well as an isolated small tornado somewhere along the line. The tornado risk appears really low, but not impossible. It will be a night where we’ll have to watch radar, and if a warning pops up, we’ll break into programming. By 6am, the cold front should be across east Alabama and rapidly pushing into Georgia. Any risk of strong storms should be over by then, with just a steady soaking rain behind the front through the midday hours on Sunday. Temperatures will be turning much colder on Sunday, with most areas in the upper 30s at midday. I do not expect a winter weather threat with this system, as temperatures will remain too warm for any issues, plus, temperatures at 5,000 feet will be too warm as well for wintry precip to reach the ground. This will feature strong storms just before sunrise, followed by a chilly rain through lunch.

A few showers may develop on Monday and Tuesday, but models are iffy on if the moisture will return or not. Temperatures will be well above freezing, so wintry weather is not expected early next week.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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