Weather Blog: Warm/wet Friday, then cold weekend ahead

Weather Blog: Warm/wet Friday, then cold weekend ahead


WARM/WET, THEN COLD WEEKEND AHEAD: Clouds and sprinkles lingering across the region this morning as the main batch of rain presses to our east. We're about to enter a very small window of dry weather that will make for a solid Friday forecast. But our next weather maker is set to arrive tomorrow. Rain and a few rumbles of thunder develop Saturday before another plunge of cooler air heads our way...

TODAY: Temperatures this morning in nearly all cases never fell below the 50 degree mark. That should provide a good head start into the 60s this afternoon. Most of us are overcast right now with still a touch of patchy drizzle. The plan is for some of that cloud cover to erode away into the afternoon. That will allow for partial sunshine for some of us, and with temperatures into the lower and middle 60s will make for a rather nice close to the week.

THIS WEEKEND: It won't take long for clouds to start thickening up again as rain emerges across west Alabama early Saturday morning. That rain will press eastward through the morning, allowing scattered showers with a few rumbles to develop most everywhere. There doesn't appear to be any evidence to support severe weather with this bout, and I think the limited thunder chances will likely be confined to south Alabama. Higher resolution models hint at one wave of rain in the morning followed by perhaps a generally dry afternoon before another batch moves in late evening.

It will still be warm tomorrow as highs climb into the middle 60s. But that will be the top of the ride, I'm afraid.

Colder air once again settles in Sunday into next week. This will not be a direct Arctic shot for us, rather something of a glancing blow as the core of the cold remains to our north.

Still, highs Sunday may barely make it into 50s and probably won't climb out of the 40s Monday. Overnight lows will again dip at or below freezing.

The 7-Day as a whole remains fairly quiet from an active weather standpoint. Once we get beyond our Saturday rain, there really isn't much going on outside of the colder air settling back in.

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