Nice Weekend… Rain/Breezy Early Next Week… Friday Forecast Update – 4:40pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather remains very nice this afternoon, with lots of sunshine and low humidity. Conditions will be perfect for local high school football tonight, as temperatures drop into the upper 60s after sunset. Lows tonight will reach the upper 50s by sunrise tomorrow!

Saturday and Sunday will feature lots of sunshine and low humidity. Alabama takes on Fresno State in Bryant-Denny Saturday afternoon. Look for temps in the lower 80s during the game.

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Here’s the 5pm track from the National Hurricane Center on Irma. Winds are sustained at 155mph, as it continues the eyewall replacement cycle. The NHC expects the storm to maintain it’s intensity for the next 24 hours, despite a close interaction with the northern coast of Cuba. As it pulls away from Cuba Saturday night, the official forecast from the NHC has this becoming a category 5 hurricane before landfall in southwest Florida. The track has shifted west some since yesterday, which is bad news for the entire Peninsula of Florida, as this devastating hurricane is expected to track the western length of the state from south to north. This will bring widespread major damage to a large part of the state, not including the Panhandle. Where the eye wall comes in, catastrophic damage will occur, which will likely devastate the cities in the path of the eye wall.

As for our weather… I expect a breezy day beginning Monday afternoon, lasting through Wednesday. Don’t worry… This is just the pressure gradient breeze around the west and north side of the storm. To put it in prospective, it will be breezy like it is behind our fall and winter cold fronts. Winds may gust to 30mph in spots, especially over east Alabama.

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How much rain can we expect…. West Alabama will generally pick up at or less than 1 inch of rain between Monday night and Wednesday, with higher amounts in east Alabama. Some areas close to the Georgia boarder could get 2 to 3 inches, but flooding is not likely. I do not expected tornadoes, as we’ll be on the west side of the system this time.

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Richard Scott
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