Showers Possible Tonight, Colder Tomorrow
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A cold front is moving through the Southeast today and will deliver much colder weather the next several days. For our Saturday night, we are going to have to deal with some showers across Alabama. A shortwave trough will move across the region tonight, and an area of low pressure will move through the northern Gulf tonight. Through the evening and overnight, clouds will be increasing and we are going to see scattered showers across the state, however, the low levels of the atmosphere will be very dry and most of the precip that falls will likely evaporate before reaching the ground. The better rain chances will be the farther south you go.
We will forecast scattered showers and it will be a cold rain with temperatures in the 40s overnight. For portions of North Alabama, there could even be a few snowflakes flying overnight. Temperatures are forecast to stay above freezing, and soil temperatures are still warm, so no impacts from any snow that could fall.
FOR YOUR SUNDAY: Much colder tomorrow as our winds will be out of the north on the back side of the trough. It will be a day with clouds to start the day, with gradual clearing through the day, but highs tomorrow will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s through South-Central Alabama.
COLD START TO WEEK: A deep upper trough will dig into the eastern U.S. for Monday resulting in a couple of cold days Monday and Tuesday. Lows will dip below freezing Monday morning, and likely struggle to reach 50F for an afternoon high Monday. Once the sun sets Monday, temperatures will plummet by Tuesday morning with mid-20 likely and widespread teens across North Alabama. Tuesday will feature plenty of sunshine, but it will be another day with highs struggling to reach the 50s.
RAIN RETURNS: The dry weather won’t last as by midweek, a fast moving short wave comes across the Lower Mississippi River Valley on Wednesday putting rain back into the forecast. While it will be rather cold Wednesday morning with lows in the upper 20s, we should see temperatures recover by afternoon with highs in the mid and upper 50s as our flow returns from the south ahead of the feature. A surface low develops to our west and will track north of the state Thursday & Friday keeping us on the warm side of the system. Temperature these two day will also be in the 50s & 60s, but we will see periods of rain with scattered showers likely at just about any time. At this time, it doesn’t appear there will be a winter weather threat for us, but of course things can change.