Rain Tonight & Saturday… Chilly Next Week… Friday Afternoon Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has been much warmer today compared to recent days, with all of central Alabama in the 60s to low 70s. Areas south of I-20, are in the low to mid 70s as of 4pm. Widespread showers have been ongoing near and north of I-20 for much of the afternoon.

Widespread rain and storms will take over after 10pm tonight, as a warm front lifts in from the south. Expect periods of rain and thunder all night as moisture and uplift increase across the area. Fortunately, instability will remain low overnight, so severe weather is not expected. Rain will remain widespread through mid morning on Saturday.

Showers and a few storms will remain possible into Saturday afternoon, but the more widespread rain will move out during the morning. Highs will approach the lower 70s Saturday afternoon. As instability increases during the late morning and early afternoon, I can’t rule out a strong or isolated severe storm on radar. The risk of severe weather is low with this setup… By mid afternoon, the best uplift and shear will be moving away from the area, reducing any risk of severe storms. We’ll keep an eye on trends, as we are our fall tornado season. Rain amounts of 1-2″ will be likely.

If you’re going to the SEC championship game in Atlanta on Saturday, expect widespread rain there Saturday morning and into the early afternoon, with rain becoming more scattered to isolated by mid afternoon.

Sunday will remain mild, with highs in the lower 70s. The front will push southward as additional upper air support kicks the front along on Monday. A few showers are possible south of I-20, but widespread rain appears unlikely at this time for Monday. Look for chilly conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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Warmer Air For Now… Rain Ahead… Thursday Afternoon Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather started off cool this morning, but many areas warmed well into the 60s this afternoon as warm/moist air advection takes over. Skies will remain cloudy this evening and tonight, with temperatures holding steady for most of the night. Showers will become likely late tonight, especially along and north of I-20.

Expect a mild Friday, with occasional showers likely. The higher rain chance during the day will be near and north of I-20, with more of a heavy widespread rain coming in Friday night. Highs will approach 70 on Friday. The wave of rain that moves in Friday night into Saturday morning will help to keep the air stable, reducing any risk of severe weather. While I can’t rule out a few stronger storms in the rain, a big severe weather risk is not expected.

Showers and a few storms will remain possible into Saturday afternoon, but the more widespread rain will move out during the morning. Highs will approach the lower 70s Saturday afternoon. At that point, the best uplift and shear will be moving away from the area, again, reducing any risk of severe storms. We’ll keep an eye on trends, as we are our fall tornado season.

Sunday will remain mild, with highs in the lower 70s. The front will push southward as additional upper air support kicks the front along on Monday. A few showers are possible, but widespread rain appears unlikely at this time for Monday. Look for chilly conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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Warmer Air Ahead.. Wet Weather Too… Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather started off very cold this morning, with most areas in the lower to middle 20s. Some areas north of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham started the day off in the upper teens! After the cold start, afternoon temperatures reached the 50s in most spots. Clouds increase tonight, with lows in the upper 30s.

Expect a mainly cloudy sky on Thursday, with a risk of a few showers over west Alabama. Highs will reach the lower 60s on Thursday. The risk of showers will increase on Friday, with highs approaching 70 degrees. I don’t expect a solid all day rain, but keep the umbrella handy.

A dynamic storm system will spark a rapid development of a surface low northwest of Alabama Friday night and on Saturday. This will send a cold front into Alabama Saturday. Expect a wave of rain and storms to pass across the area. We’ll keep an eye on the severe weather parameters on Saturday, but at this time, the risk of severe weather appears low. If the risk increases, we’ll update the forecast…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Cold For Now… Rain & Warmer Temps Ahead… Tuesday PM Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! We started the day off in the 20s area-wide, with a moderate freeze. With cold air advection through the day, temperatures had a tough time warming into the 40s in some spots. Areas near and south of I-20 reached the middle to upper 40s. The chilly wind today will go calm tonight, setting the stage for a freeze and frost. Expect lows in the middle to upper 20s along and north of I-20, with upper 20s to near 30 south of I-20.

We’ll notice a sunny sky for Wednesday, with a high in the lower 50s. Clouds rapidly increase on Thursday ahead of our next cold front and surface low. Highs will warm into the lower 60s on Thursday, with a chance of a few showers. Showers are a little more likely on Friday. Highs will touch 70 in many spots on Friday.

Rain and storms will push into the area overnight Friday night and into Saturday morning. Severe weather appears unlikely due to coastal storms disrupting the return of unstable air. We’ll reach the lower 70s on Saturday with rain and storms at times.

Another wave of uplift will arrive on Monday, with a risk of rain area-wide.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Cold for Now… Showers Return Thursday and Friday… Storms on Saturday… Monday PM Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Our local weather has been much colder today, despite the return of sunshine. Most areas approached 50, with a cool northwest wind. Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s tonight, with a widespread freeze.

Another surge of cold air will arrive on Tuesday, with a breezy northwest wind. Highs will reach the mid to upper 40s by the afternoon under a sunny sky. Expect a freeze and frost Wednesday morning as winds go calm. Highs will reach the lower 50s on Wednesday under a sunny sky.

Clouds increase on Thursday, with a chance of showers area-wide. We’ll maintain a cloudy sky on Friday, with occasional showers. Temperatures will modify into the upper 60s to near 70 on Friday.

Our next storm system to watch will arrive on Saturday. With a pretty dynamic system coming into the picture, we can expect a good chance of rain and storms. There is some evidence of strong to severe storms, but there are still some uncertainties on the risk. If coastal storms form and block the northward inflow of unstable air into the state, that would greatly reduce a risk of severe weather. We’ll fine-tune the thoughts over the next day or two.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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Big Cool Down, Sunshine This Week – Sunday Evening Forecast Update @wvua23 #ALwx

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After the cold front moves through Alabama tonight, the rain chances come to an end. You will also notice a big drop in temperatures for Monday, with a cold wind coming out of the northwest. This wind could gust up to 20 mph in the morning, creating feels like temperatures in the 20s. Most places won’t even hit 50 degrees on Monday, though clouds will be clearing through the day.

Tuesday morning will bring a light freeze as temperatures drop below 30 degrees. Sunshine will continue Tuesday, with another light freeze on Wednesday morning. Gradual warming will take place through the week, with temperatures reaching the 60s by Thursday. I’m thinking sunshine will be abundant all week long, with minimal cloud cover.

Clouds will increase during the day on Friday as our next big system arrives. Next weekend has the potential for heavy rain and stronger storms.

Jacob Lanier
WVUA Weekend Meteorologist
@JacobLanierWx

Sunday Evening Showers, Then Clear & Cool – Saturday Forecast Update @wvua23 #ALwx

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After clouds clearing throughout today, Sunday will start of mostly clear. Temperatures will manage to reach the upper 60s by early afternoon, but clouds will increase after lunchtime. Then we’ll see showers likely by Sunday evening, moving in with a cold front from the west. Rainfall totals will mostly be less than a quarter inch. Those showers will end late Sunday night, leaving Monday morning dry.

After the front passes, a cool down will follow, with Monday’s high struggling to reach 50. A a light freeze is possible Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Gradual warming will take place through the week, finally reaching the 60s on Thursday.

Sunshine will be abundant through the end of the week, when our next rain maker arrives Friday evening. This will increase rain chances Friday night and Saturday.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Jacob Lanier
WVUA Weekend Meteorologist
@JacobLanierWx