Showers Tonight/Saturday… Very Warm Stretch Coming Up! Friday Forecast Update – 4:40pm #alwx @wvua23

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Hope you are having a nice Friday! After a sunny and cool start to the day, temperatures warmed nicely this afternoon. At 4pm, most observations across west and central Alabama were reporting upper 60s to near 70 for current temperatures. Clouds are rapidly increasing this afternoon, as a weak upper air low and surface low move into the area. A few light showers will spread into Alabama later this evening and into the overnight hours. Rain amounts overnight will be less than 1/4th an inch. Expect lows in the upper 40s.

Skies remain mostly cloudy on Saturday, with a few passing showers possible. The best chance of light rain will occur during the morning hours, with a gradual reduction in the number of showers by early afternoon. Highs will reach the low 60s on Saturday.

Upper air ridging will build in from the west on Sunday. Expect highs in the middle 70s, with a partly cloudy sky. Our local weather will remain very mild through much of next week, as the cold air remains trapped to our north. Some areas will easily reach the upper 70s on Monday, with lows modifying into the 50s at night.

A weak upper air disturbance will bring some showers into the area on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, but highs will remain well above average. Look for low 70s on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a mostly cloudy sky.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Alabama Drought Update – Friday Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Drought conditions have drastically changed since November of last year. Even though most Alabama counties are still considered under a drought, the increased rainfall has made a significant improvement. Currently, there has been approximately 8.94 inches of precipitation in Birmingham and 10.24 inches of precipitation in Tuscaloosa since the beginning of the new year. These rainfall amounts have lessened the drought severity from extreme and exceptional in many of Alabama counties to moderate and severe in fewer counties.

Additionally, most of Alabama’s lakes and rivers are roughly maximum capacity, due to the numerous rain events in the last few months. If this pattern continues on into much of spring, dry conditions will begin to diminish even further.

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Warmer Air Ahead… Showers on Saturday… Thursday Forecast Update – 3:50pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! After a chilly and frosty start to the day for many areas, conditions this afternoon have turned out really nice. Lots of sunshine with a light to calm wind allowed temperatures to modify well into the 60s this afternoon. With a clear sky, calm wind and surface high over the area, we’ll experience a fast drop in temperatures tonight, with lows in the middle 30s.

As upper air heights increase a little on Friday, I expect an even warmer afternoon. Temperatures will approach 70 over west Alabama, but areas near and northeast of Birmingham will top out in the upper 60s Friday afternoon. Look for an increase in high and mid level clouds by Friday evening and Friday night, ahead of an approaching weak upper air low and weak surface low.

Showers will increase Saturday morning from west to east, but rain amounts will remain rather light. Temperatures will struggle to reach the low to mid 60s on Saturday, with the return of clouds and showers on Saturday. As the upper air low moves to our east and heights increase again on Sunday, look for a rapid warm-up. Some areas could easily touch the middle 70s Sunday afternoon and upper 70s on Monday.

Another weak upper level low and associated surface low will bring clouds and a few passing showers by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Depending on how much sunshine we get, some areas could still reach 70 during the afternoon hours on Wednesday and Thursday, as above average temperatures continue…

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Richard Scott
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Dry Days Ahead… A Little Warmer… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:45pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! After a gloomy and cool start to the day, this afternoon turned out very nice. Sunny skies with highs reaching the lower 60s across central Alabama. With a clear sky in place, dry air and a surface high moving over us, expect a light freeze and frost for many areas. By Thursday afternoon, temperatures will reach into the lower 60s.

Upper 60s are likely on Friday, as the trough continues to pull always from Alabama. A weak upper air disturbance moves over Alabama on Saturday, and that will bring an increase in clouds with a few scattered showers. Highs will top out in the low to middle 60s on Saturday. Sunday will feature beautiful and very warm temperatures. Highs will reach the middle 70s on Sunday, as the disturbance moves well east of Alabama and heights come up a bit.

We’ll remain mild for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs well into the 70s.

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Rain Tonight, Clearing on Wednesday, Warming Back up towards the Weekend.. Tuesday Forecast Update – 7pm #alwx @wvua23

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A good soaking rain is in store for this evening and into early tomorrow morning. Most locations will pick up a quarter of an inch of rain with some places seeing slightly more. It now looks like most of the rain will come to an end sometime Wednesday morning. West Central Alabama may be rain free by 8 AM Wednesday with areas farther to the east seeing rain taper off by mid to late morning. C0oler air will filter in behind this system and Wednesday will be the coldest day of the 7 day period with highs in the 50s.

Once we get through a very cold Wednesday night we will see the warming trend return. We will see 60s on Thursday through Saturday, with Thursday and Friday seeing plenty of sun. Saturday clouds will increase with a chance of showers as a back door cold front holds just to our northeast. Once that lifts off to the north as a warm front, warm southerly flow will dominate late in the weekend and early next week. Temperatures could be well into the 70s during the Sunday to Tuesday time frame.

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James Bryant

Cool Tonight… Rain on Wednesday… Monday Forecast Update -4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! It has turned out to be a perfect afternoon across west and central Alabama, with temperatures warming well into the 60s. Skies will remain mostly clear this evening and into tonight, with temperatures dropping into the upper 30s.

Valentine’s Day will feature mild temperatures for mid February, with a high in the lower to middle 60s. Clouds will increase on Tuesday, but rain is not expected until Tuesday night and early on Wednesday.

A weak surface low will develop to our west and move across central Alabama late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Expect a large area of light to moderate rain to spread across the state, with rain amounts near 1/2 an inch with this event. Rain will end by lunch on Wednesday across central Alabama.

Look for a warming trend by the weekend, as highs approach the upper 60s to low 70s. A weak upper air disturbance could squeeze out a few showers on Saturday, but the risk of widespread rain appears unlikely at this time. We’ll see more sunshine than clouds on Sunday, with a high in the low 70s.

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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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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Rain Coming Wednesday, Warming Trend Late Week… Sunday Forecast – 7:30 PM Update #alwx @wvua23

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After a warm and humid weekend much more seasonable conditions will settle in in the early part of the week. After dry air and sunny skies on Monday and Tuesday, the next big weather maker arrives. A gulf low will be tracking just to our south and will bring a good soaking rain for most of Alabama late Tuesday night through Wednesday. Rainfall amounts could get over half an inch. Being on the north side of the low, it will be pretty chilly on Wednesday. It has all the makings for a pretty raw day as it will be cold, cloudy, and rainy.

Once things start to clear out Wednesday afternoon, we start the warming process all over again. We will top out in the upper 50s on Thursday but will quickly warm up each day after that towards the 70s by the weekend. Next weekend looks warm and sunny and absolutely perfect!

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James Bryant

Twitter: @Bryant_Weather