Unsettled Weather Ahead… Much Needed Rain Events Coming… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! After a cold start to the day, conditions this afternoon really turned out nice. A breezy south wind developing is in the process of pumping moisture, clouds and increasing rain chances by Thursday. Expect a dry night tonight, with a low in the lower to middle 40s.

Showers increase on Thursday, but I don’t expect an all day rain. Rain amounts will be light, with most areas picking up at or under 1/4th of an inch. Expect a mild day, with a high in the low to middle 60s.

Groundhog Day will be cooler, much like yesterday’s weather. Look for an increase in sunshine after early morning clouds, with a high in the upper 40s to near 50. Clouds increase on Saturday, with a few showers late in the day. The best chance of rain will arrive Saturday night, then depart Sunday late morning or early afternoon. Drier air will take over by Sunday afternoon and evening from west to east. Expect highs in the 50s on Saturday, with low to mid 50s for highs on Sunday and Monday.

We’ll notice a bit of a warm-up on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a high in the lower 60s. A few showers will return by Tuesday evening and Tuesday night.

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Cold Tonight… Nice Wednesday… Showers by Thursday… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Let me start by this since I’ve had many questions on this topic. I see NO evidence of snow over the next 7 days across our area. Now, for tonight, look for a low in the upper 20s under a clear sky. Expect a good bit of frost on the ground in the morning, with the possibility of a few middle 20s north of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

Wednesday will turn out to be a nice day after the cold start. Look for a high in the low 60s over west Alabama, with upper 50s north of Tuscaloosa. Skies will remain sunny on Wednesday.

Clouds increase rapidly on Thursday, with a good chance of light showers developing by afternoon. Rain amounts will be generally at or under 0.25″ with this event, but most areas will get a little light rain at times. Expect a high in the lower 60s on Thursday.

Groundhog Day will be cooler, much like today’s weather. Look for an increase in sunshine after morning clouds, with a high in the upper 40s to near 50. Clouds increase on Saturday, with showers late in the day. The best chance of rain will arrive Saturday night, then depart Sunday morning. Drier air will take over by Sunday afternoon. Expect highs in the 50s on Saturday, with low 50s for highs on Sunday and Monday.

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Chilly Tuesday… Rain by Thursday… Monday Forecast Update 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Today has turned out to be a nice winter day in Alabama with a sunny sky and mild temperatures. Highs managed to reach the lower 60s across most of central Alabama. A developing north breeze will usher in colder temperatures tonight, with many areas dropping into the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Tuesday will be a sunny but a cooler day. Highs will top out in the upper 40s to near 50 Tuesday afternoon. Expect a chilly night Tuesday night, as temperatures drop into the upper 20s area-wide.

Temperatures will warm into the lower 60s on Wednesday and Thursday, as our next storm system approaches Alabama. Showers will break out on Thursday, especially during the afternoon and evening. Rain amounts will be fairly light with this next event, but temperatures will cool back into the upper 40s for highs on Friday.

Groundhog Day will feature a mix of sun and clouds, with a high between 48 and 51.

Clouds increase again on Saturday, with showers developing by the evening hours. Rain will be widespread on Sunday, with a high near 50.

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Clear Skies, Windy and Warmer Monday. Sunday Forecast Update, 8:10pm. #wxal @wvua23

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Good Sunday evening! Rain was widespread and light this morning as it slowly progressed from west to east. It has since slowly started to end in that directional trend as well, with just a few isolated sprinkles south of I-20 remaining. Late this evening we will start to see clearing skies from west to east. Overnight tonight clouds will finish filtering out from central Alabama as lows drop into the 30’s for most. Tomorrow starts our work week off dry and fairly windy. Winds will hold steady around 15mph but gusts could get as high as 25mph. These winds will be from the secondary shot of colder air on the way setting up a pretty significant temperature boundary. Thankfully the cold air won’t arrive until the evening hours.

Tuesday will be much cooler with ample sunshine. Winds will die down later that evening meaning that we will be in store for a very cold night. The forecasted low is 27, but areas north of I-20 will drop even colder to the lower 20’s. The cooler weather doesn’t last very long because we quickly jump back up to the upper 50’s on Wednesday. As we move to the later part of the work week, rain weasels its way back into the forecast. Rain starts to develop Thursday morning and we will experience on and off showers through the day. As we move into the evening, rain picks up and we could see steady rain at times. As we move into Friday morning, after sunrise, rain will slowly start to taper off. By lunchtime Friday, much of central Alabama will be dry, but clouds will be sticking around into that evening.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday looks to be cool with lots of sunshine in the forecast. We may have to watch temps for that afternoon because we could possibly bump them higher as we get closer to that part of the forecast period. Saturday night and Sunday, clouds start to trickle in, holding our lows up some for Saturday night. Rain looks to arrive later Sunday evening.

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Rain Early Sunday, Then Drier. Saturday Forecast Update, 9:15pm. #wxal @wvua23

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Good Saturday evening! A large complex of rain has remained locked over southern Alabama, and that has really limited moisture availability for central Alabama to get a good drenching rain. That said, we have gotten a small amount of showers. Tonight, we will continue to see the chance for a few isolated showers, but additional rain amounts will remain less than a quarter of an inch. Lows will struggle to drop thanks to cloud cover acting as an insulator, so most will see temperatures dropping into the 50’s.

Moving into next work week, Monday will start a nice period of sunny weather, but it will be turning cooler. Monday will host temperatures ranging in the mid to upper 50’s, before we hit Tuesday when a secondary shot of cold air behind tonight’s front moves through. We will quickly warm back up on Wednesday and continue to keep the sunny weather going. Wednesday night, clouds start to filter in ahead of a new frontal system that will deliver our next dose of rain. Thursday will start dry as clouds continue to thicken in. Rain will arrive later that evening and last through the night. Once we get to early Friday, rain will slowly be ending from west to east. After, we turn cooler again.

Looking ahead to next weekend, Saturday looks to remain dry and cool. Sunday is still in question as we keep eyes on yet another frontal system that could bring more rain to the southeast.

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Weekend Showers… Cooler Monday & Tuesday… Friday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has featured increasing clouds today, as moisture streams in from the Gulf. Showers will begin to develop by early Saturday morning, but this evening will be dry if you have plans outdoors. Expect a low in the upper 40s overnight.

Saturday, we’ll have periods of light rain and showers through the day. Rain amounts don’t appear to be overly heavy with this event, with mainly enough to need the rain gear from time to time. Look for a high near 60 on Saturday, but some spots may stay in the upper 50s during the afternoon.

Showers move out by lunch on Sunday, with drier afternoon conditions. Look for a high between 58 and 60 on Sunday. Rain amounts of 0.25″ to 0.50″ appear likely for most of the area.

Temperatures will trend cooler on Monday, with a high in the lower 50s. We’ll have plenty of sunshine on Monday and Tuesday. We’ll drop into the upper 40s for highs on Tuesday, with a chilly north breeze. Sunshine will remain with us for Tuesday and Wednesday. This pop of cooler air will be very short lived, as we’ll warm into the upper 50s to near 60 on Wednesday. Low 60s are likely on Thursday.

Models continue to hint at a shot of cooler air coming in on Friday. At this point, this surge of cooler air coming by Friday and next weekend looks similar to the cooler air early next week. I don’t see any signs of extreme cold; in-fact, models have been trending warmer with next weekend’s surge of cooler air. That one appears to be short lived as well.

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Weekend Showers… Colder Early Next Week… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! After a cold start to the day, this afternoon turned out to be very nice. At 4pm, temperatures were generally in the lower 60s. Look for a quick drop in temperatures again tonight, with most areas dropping into the lower 30s. A light freeze is possible for areas generally north of Tuscaloosa.

Clouds increase on Friday, as mid and high level moisture increases across the state. We will likely start off sunny in the morning, with clouds increasing shortly after lunch. Skies will become overcast by Friday evening.

A weak surface low in the northern Gulf and an approach cold front will enhance our rain chance beginning Saturday morning and ending by early afternoon on Sunday. I don’t expect an all weekend rain event, but occasional showers or areas of light rain can be expected between 5am Saturday and noon on Sunday. Drier air will take over Sunday afternoon.

Models have trended colder for early next week. Highs will approach the lower 50s on Monday, with a chilly northwest wind. Temperatures Monday night will dip well down into the 20s. We may stay in the 40s all day on Tuesday. We’ll have another light freeze Tuesday night.

Look for a quick warm-up by the following Wednesday and Thursday, with some spots touching 60 degrees.

I’ve had lots of questions on the following weekend forecast. Models show evidence of colder air coming in, but data is all over the place on this one. I don’t see a winter weather risk with this setup at this time….

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