Dry For Now… Wet Weekend Ahead… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! After a stormy night lastnight, a breezy northwest wind has dropped temperatures into the 50s this afternoon. Once the sun sets this evening, temperatures will drop into the 30s overnight, with a light north breeze. A light freeze is possible in spots, but frost is unlikely given the wind overnight. Expect lots of sunshine on Friday, with a cool day expected. Highs will only warm into the lower 50s, with a light northwest breeze.

Clouds increase Friday night, with a good soaking rain at times on Saturday. The best chance of rain will arrive during the midday to afternoon hours from west to east. There is a small chance of a few sleet pellets mixed in as the precip begins for areas along and north of I-20. Temperatures will be well above freezing, and if any sleet is mixed in, it will rapidly change to a cool rain. The only travel issues expected are the normal wet road issues. Highs will top out in the lower 50s on Saturday. Expect a soaking rain Saturday night for New Year’s Eve plans, with temperatures in the lower 50s.

Temperatures will warm into the 60s on Sunday and low 70s on Monday. Showers and a few storms are expected on Sunday, with a good chance of showers and storms on Monday. We’re watching Monday carefully incase parameters support severe weather. At this point, it looks like mainly rain and thunder with little to no severe weather. Stay alert incase that changes… Rain amounts over the weekend will vary from around 1 to 2 inches along and north of I-20, with 2 to 4 inches likely for areas south of HWY 80. We’ll all get a good rain, but coastal storms Saturday night and Sunday may limit the heavier rain to the north of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. If coastal storms form on Saturday night and Sunday, rain will be light to occasional moderate along and north of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, rather than heavy.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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1:30am Thursday Radar Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good early Thursday! As of 1:30am, the news continues good in terms of the lack of severe weather. Showers and storms continue to sink southeast across central and west Alabama. There are no current watches or warnings anywhere across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. One main limiting factor for tornadoes continues to be the lack of uplift and the southwest surface wind. For tornado formation, surface winds need to be south to southeast to get the needed backing to increase low level wind shear, and that’s just not going to happen tonight.

Understand, the risk of severe weather has always appeared very marginal with this system, and the risk continues to look very low for the next few hours, as a cold front moves across the state. Storms may produce a quick burst of heavy rain and gusty winds. The risk of a tornado is really low for the rest of the night, but we’ll keep an eye on radar trends.

At 1:30am, the cold front was lined up from near Cullman to Vernon to Starkville. Behind the front, the air is turning cooler and stable. Ahead of the front, warm and unstable air remains in place. Showers and storms will feed off the fuel until the cold front brings an end to the action between now and sunrise Thursday morning from northwest to southeast. The cold front should reach I-59 (Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden) around 3am. The cold front will reach Montgomery by 5am. Cold air will win the battle, and conditions will feel colder by sunrise.

Keep in mind, we go live non-stop on TV on WVUA during tornado warnings. You can go to wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click on Live severe weather stream to watch from your computer or smart phone.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

Radar Update: 12:30 a.m.~~ #alwx @wvua23

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At 12:30am, numerous showers and embedded thunderstorms are impacting areas roughly along and to the northwest of I-59. Rain is falling at times in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden and points to the northwest. One good sign is there have been no severe weather warnings over the past few hours with the approaching storms from the west. The risk of severe weather tonight is low, but it’s not out of the question to get a warning or two overnight.

Given the uplift, wind shear and increasing surface based instability, storms that develop stand the chance of becoming strong. There could be an isolated wind damage issue or a spin-up tornado tonight, as the main line works through the state. The risk is on the low end of the scale, but I still want you to be weather alert tonight incase a severe storm moves into your area. Have a source to wake you up if a warning is issued for your area.

The risk of strong and isolated severe storms will develop between 1am and 3am near and northwest of I-59, then impact areas to the southeast of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden between 2am and 5am.

Keep in mind, we go live non-stop on TV on WVUA during tornado warnings. You can go to wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click on Live severe weather stream to watch from your computer or smart phone.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott