Mild Weekend Ahead… Rain, Then Cold Next Week… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! We started the day off with periods of rain, with most areas picking up around 1/4th an inch. Rain has ended for most of our area, and the lingering rain south of HWY 80 will be ending shortly after sunset. Expect temperatures to drop into the lower 50s for areas along and south of I-20, with middle to upper 40s to the north. Areas of fog will develop later tonight, so use caution if traveling.

With mid and low level moisture remaining over the area on Friday, expect scattered clouds through the day. Highs will reach the upper 60s by mid afternoon. We’ll dip into the upper 40s at night both Friday night and Saturday night. Highs will warm into the lower 70s over the weekend!

Clouds will increase on Monday, with mild temperatures. Highs will reach the lower 70s.

A major pattern change will take over next week, as a deep trough digs across the central US and an active subtropical jet interacts with the polar jet. Look for a good chance of rain to arrive on Tuesday, with a soaking likely. The cold air should push the moisture south of the area gradually on Wednesday, but some rain may remain possible earlier in the day. Given this is 6 to 7 days out, we’ll need to work out the details as we get closer. There is no evidence of winter weather with the setup…

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Showers on Thursday… Nice Weekend!!! Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:25pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather turned out mild today, with highs generally in the lower to middle 70s. While clouds have increased in some areas, rain chances don’t move in until tomorrow morning. Expect a mostly cloudy sky tonight, with a low in the lower to middle 50s.

A very weak surface front will move across the area on Thursday. This will bring the risk of scattered showers or light rain to the area. Rain amounts will be low, but some of you may pick up 1/4th an inch before the rain chances end Thursday evening. Clouds will gradually move out on Friday, but there’s no cold air associated with this front. Highs will remain in the upper 60s to low 70s on Friday and Saturday, with lows in the 40s. Dry conditions remain with us through the weekend.

A major pattern change will take over next week, as a deep trough digs across the central US and an active subtropical jet interacts with the polar jet. Look for a good chance of rain to arrive on Tuesday, with a soaking likely. The cold air should push the moisture south of the area gradually on Wednesday, but some rain may remain possible earlier in the day. Given this is 6 to 7 days out, we’ll need to work out the details as we get closer. I don’t see any winter weather risks at the moment, but we’ll keep an eye on trends given the cold air and active southern branch of the jet.

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Few Showers on Thursday… Nice Weekend Ahead… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather started off with a light freeze and frost in many areas, but sunny skies and dry air allowed temperatures to warm fast by the afternoon. At 4pm, most were reporting temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s in our area. Tonight will be warmer than lastnight, as moisture and clouds increase. Expect a low in the middle to upper 40s.

Wednesday will feature a dry day, but clouds will be on an increase. I expect some sun at times, but as moisture increases, so will the cloud deck. We’ll approach 70 for an afternoon high temperature.

A very weak surface front will move across the area on Thursday. This will bring the risk of scattered showers or light rain to the area. Rain amounts will be low, but some of you may pick up 1/4th an inch before the rain chances end Thursday evening. Clouds will gradually move out on Friday, but there’s no cold air associated with this front. Highs will remain in the upper 60s on Friday and Saturday, with lows in the 40s. Dry conditions remain with us through the weekend and into early next week.

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Nice Days Ahead… Showers on Thursday… Monday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Our local weather started off cold this morning, with widespread frost, but the afternoon was beautiful. Temperatures managed to reach the upper 60s to near 70 across all of central and west Alabama. Expect a fast drop in temperatures tonight, under a clear sky, calm wind and dry airmass. Temperatures will bottom off in the middle to upper 30s by sunrise Tuesday.

Temperatures will warm into the upper 60s to near 70 both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. As a weak upper air trough and surface cold front approaches the area, clouds will increase on Wednesday, with scattered showers on Thursday. Based off model trends, the front doesn’t appear to have much support. Temperatures may drop into the middle 60s on Thursday and Friday, but cold air is not expected to make it this far south.

The upcoming weekend will feature very nice weather, with highs in the middle to upper 60s and lows in the 40s. Skies will be sunny on Saturday and Sunday.

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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Clear Skies and Seasonal Temperatures for Monday. Sunday Forecast Update, 8:30pm. #wxal @wvua23

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Good Sunday evening! We saw seasonal weather again across central Alabama with clear skies. Those clear skies will last into tonight allowing for our temperatures to drop into the mid to upper 30’s since there will be no clouds to help hold in heat trying to escape. Tomorrow will be another day of seasonal weather with highs topping off in the mid 60’s. Winds will be shifting from northward to easterly through out the day as a weak high pressure ridge builds on the east coast.

Tuesday, the building ridge will start to strengthen winds coming from the east, allowing for highs to start to warm into the upper 60’s. Tuesday night, winds will start to come out of the southeast. The flow of the wind at that point will start tapping into warmer air off the Gulf. The increased moisture will lead to partly cloudy skies for Tuesday night. The clouds that evening will cause a slight increase in overnight lows.

Wednesday and Thursday, an inbound front will interact with the then present moisture and warmer temperatures in the southeast to bring a little rain. Wednesday, winds will be coming out of the south, bringing highs to the 70 degree mark across central Alabama. A strong vertical temperature gradient, combined with a small amount of moisture from Gulf air and lift from an inbound trough, will lead to scattered stray showers Wednesday afternoon and evening. Wednesday night, there will remain the chance for a few stray showers as skies remain overcast. Those overcast skies will keep our overnight lows very warm. Thursday, the front will be pressing through central Alabama so there will remain the chance for a stray shower in the morning, but skies will be clearing by the afternoon and cooler air will be funneling in.

Friday and into next weekend, the exit of the trough will bring back our seasonal weather. Friday will be the coolest day for the end of the forecast. After Friday, ridging will start to take place again over the weekend, allowing for another gradual warming trend to start to take place.

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Sunny and Seasonal Sunday. Saturday Forecast Update, 6:20pm. #wxal @wvua23

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Good Saturday evening! We remained dry across central Alabama today with some passing clouds mid-day. They came from a weak front that passed through. Despite it not bringing any rain, it will bring a cool down starting tonight as skies remain clear. Tomorrow, our highs will be slightly cooler than today’s, thanks to the front.

Entering into next work week, we start a gradual warming trend each day. Our temperatures will slowly increase as winds start to shift from northerly, then easterly, then southerly by Wednesday. The warmer and more humid air from the Gulf, combined with lifting provided by the inbound front, will feed some stray showers both Wednesday and Thursday. As of now, both days will lack a major wash-out with combined rainfall totals less than 1 inch.
Friday and next weekend will remain dry throughout. The front late this coming work week will drag behind it cooler air; however, we will start to warm after that as a surface high starts to develop on the east coast.

 

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Passing Clouds and Warmer for Saturday. Friday Forecast Update, 5:10pm. #wxal @wvua23

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Good Friday evening! We saw awesome weather today across the state! The seasonal temperatures made for an awesome ending to the holiday week. Tonight, as we move into the weekend, temperatures will be slightly warmer than previous nights with some remaining in the lower 40’s, rather than everyone diving into the 30’s. Tomorrow will be warmer than previous days with highs climbing into the upper 60’s thanks to southerly flow bringing in warmer air from our south. Accompanying the warmer weather will be passing clouds from an inbound front that will bring a weak blast of cooler air.

Sunday will tap-off the weekend with that shot of cooler air from Saturday making for slightly cooler highs. Don’t be fooled by this front though, we will remain in the 60’s.

Looking ahead to next work week, we keep the streak of dry weather going. Monday and Tuesday we gradual warm as pressure systems battle with each other to our northeast and northwest. Winds will shift through Monday and Tuesday from northerly to easterly. Wednesday, the warmest day of the forecast, will see winds coming out of the south. That air flow will be traveling parallel to a front that will come Thursday. Accompanying the front will be stray showers, hence the lower rain chances. Moisture flow from the Gulf doesn’t look sufficient enough to help produce any “real rain makers.”

Behind the front that moves through Thursday will be a new blast of cooler air. This front will be stronger than what we will see passing tomorrow, so it will be able to bring cooler air further south.

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