Chilly Wednesday/Thursday, Weekend Rain… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4:25pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Today has been an amazing late winter day, with ample sunshine and rather warm afternoon temperatures. Most areas made it well into the middle or upper 60s. A cold front is approaching Alabama, and we’ll notice big changes coming tonight, as a surge of chilly air arrives. Look for temperatures to drop into the middle to upper 30s overnight. Given breezy winds tonight, there is no risk of frost.

We’ll have lots of sunshine on Wednesday and Thursday, but afternoon highs will drop into the upper 50s for west and central Alabama to the south of I-20 and lower to middle 50s to the north of I-20 both afternoons. Areas north of I-20 will experience a light freeze both Wednesday and Thursday night, with a low in the 29 to 32 degree range. Low to middle 30s are expected to the south of I-20. Given a light breeze Wednesday night, widespread frost is unlikely, but I do expect some patchy areas of frost. As winds go calm, Thursday night will be our problem night! Look for a widespread frost across most of west and central Alabama. This is not good considering a good number of plants and trees have bloomed out already.

We’ll begin a warming trend on Friday and Saturday, with highs well into the 60s. We could even reach 70 on Saturday. Clouds increase Saturday, and showers will move in late in the day. We’ll have a soaking rain and maybe some thunder Saturday night, but severe weather is unlikely. The air will turn cooler again early next week, but it is unknown yet if we will have a widespread freeze and frost with the next wave, as most models suggest we’ll be a tad warmer.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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