Dry For Now… Rain Ahead… Warmer Temps Ahead… Friday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! We started off the day very cold, with another hard freeze. Most areas were in the 10 to 18 degree range this morning under a clear sky. With lots of sunshine, temperatures managed to reach the low to middle 40s. Expect a cold night tonight, with lower 20s area-wide.

Saturday will remain rather cool, with a high in the middle 40s. Look for a few high cirrus clouds to roll in during the late afternoon. Skies will become cloudy on Sunday, with a high near 50. A few showers are possible Sunday evening, with a soaking rain coming in Sunday night and Monday. Temperatures will be too warm for any wintry weather issues, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the precip starts off with a mix of rain and sleet as it begins, rapidly changing to all rain. Travel issues or accumulations are not expected in our area, but we will be watching east Alabama carefully Sunday night into Monday morning, as areas near and east of Anniston and Gadsden could have a little light freezing rain before changing to all rain Monday morning.

Alabama takes on Georgia in the National Championship Game in Atlanta on Monday. Expect a rainy day if traveling east for the game, and there could be a little light freezing rain early Monday morning near the Atlanta area before temperatures there warm above freezing. Temperatures will remain in the 40s in Atlanta through Monday evening. Fortunately, the game will be indoors!

Models have backed off the idea of any cold air after this system passes by, so we’ll notice a warming trend next week. Highs will approach 60 on Tuesday, with low 60s likely on Wednesday and Thursday. Low level moisture may hang around through mid week, so we may have a hard time getting rid of the cloud cover. Another system will bring the chance of rain by the end of next work week…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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