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Warming Trend Ahead – Showers Will Return – MONDAY Video

Good Morning!  On this MLK holiday, we have a nice forecast, featuring lots of sunshine.  There’s a big pattern change ahead. Warmer days and nights are on the way. Showers will return later in the week.  And, periods of showers will be around, at times, for much of the week ahead.

Nice MLK holiday today. Lots of sunshine. Not much wind. Headed close to the freeze mark, one more time tonight.

This week, an upper ridge of high pressure will build. That will lead to warmer days and milder nights.

Tuesday is dry. Wednesday is probably dry, but we may have to add showers, as a front enters north Alabama and stalls. Showers likely Thursday and Friday. Saturday, the best rain chance will be closer to the front near the coast.

According to what we know now, some of the heaviest rainfall amounts between now and Saturday will be in central Alabama.

Looks like the Artic Flood Gates will be closed for the next few days. A much milder pattern is in the cards.

Sunday Update: Major Pattern Change This Week – Warming Trend Ahead

      Good Morning!   It has been a Brisk & Chilly Weekend.  Many towns are in the 20’s early this morning.  Today will be another below normal temperature day and we’re headed for a freeze tonight.

    But, the news gets better this week. A building ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere will lead to a significant warming trend. 

    Late in the week, rain will become likely on Thursday and Friday especially.

TODAY:  Clouds will drift across the state this morning and early afternoon as one more front sweeps through.  Sunshine later.  High in the mid 50’s.  Winds will be a little gusty again….west at 10 to 18 mph.  Mostly clear and cold tonight.  Low 32.

NEXT FEW DAYS:   The MLK holiday will be nice.  Sunshine.  Mid 50’s.   Warming trend begins this week.  Low 60’s Tuesday.  Mid 60’s Wednesday through Friday.  Rain is likely Thursday & Friday.

The 10 day “model blend”   Temperature trend.

Rainfall amounts will vary quite a bit from north to south this week.  Wet in north Alabama.   Not as wet in south Alabama.

SNOW ANNIVERSARY 2018: Who could forget what happened here 3 years ago today? Four inches of snow on top of ice and wind chills just above zero! Remember?

A clip from my morning weather video that morning.

SPACE STATION VISIBLE TONIGHT AND MONDAY:  The ISS will be visible this evening around 6:40, across the western and into the northern sky.  It will fade out as it loses the light of the sun.

The flyover tomorrow night will be even better.  Straight overhead.  5:50 to 5:53.  Very bright.  Enjoy.

Have a GREAT Sunday! I’ll have a complete video update in the morning. 

–Rich

SATURDAY UPDATE: Cold Weekend Forecast – Major Warming Trend Next Week

Good Morning!  Chilly air covers the state.  In fact, like spokes on a wheel, more shots of cold air will rotate into Alabama through the weekend.  The map below shows a giant upper low over Kentucky, with very cold air aloft.

Some of those “spokes”, or shortwaves will bring a few snow flurries to the higher elevations on northeast Alabama. For the rest of us, expect shot after of chilly air on gusty winds.

Hang on though. Major changes in the upper air pattern next week, spell a major warming trend, by Tuesday, Wednesday and beyond. 

TODAY:  Sunshine, breezy and cold.  High in the upper 40’s.  Northwest wind 12-25 mph could gust higher.  Low tonight upper 20’s. Potential wind chill factor tomorrow morning in the lower 20’s.  Dress in layers.

This graph shows the wind gust potential.  Some places could see 30-35 mph wind gusts this afternoon.  Even on Sunday, some 20-25 mph gusts are possible. 

NEXT FEW DAYS:   After a cold weekend, look for a major warming trend next week.  Risk of showers return to the forecast Wednesday, with a better chance Thursday and Friday.

Here’s the 10 day trend.

Here’s the potential rainfall Wednesday through Friday.

 

I’ll have another Blog update early tomorrow morning.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

–Rich

Chilly Weekend – Series of Freezing Nights

Good Morning!  This has been the Winter of frequent shots of cold air.  It’s been much colder than last winter.  Now a fresh supply of chilly air is engulfing the state.  We are in for a series of freezing nights and chilly days.  On this video, we’ll look ahead to a warming trend next week and the return of showers to our forecast.

Fresh supply of Chilly Air funnels into the state today on gusty northwest wind. Back to a freeze tonight.

COLD Saturday. Highs only in the 40’s. 20’s on Saturday night.

20’s statewide by dawn Sunday.

Storm Free chilly weekend. Warming trend by Tuesday and Wednesday. Scattered showers Wednesday and Thursday.

Series of Chilly Days and Freezing nights. NICE Warming trend begins next week.

Could we see a late month Storm System…around the 25th? That could be followed by another Arctic Blast.

More Cold Nights – But Milder Afternoons – WEDNESDAY Video

Good Morning!  “Freezing Fog” will be an issue early this morning.  A weak disturbance this morning could briefly cause a 20% chance of precipitation this morning.  Otherwise, today will be a better day.  We will likely actually make it into the 50’s today and perhaps 60 on Thursday.  On this video, we’ll look ahead.  There’s a lot of “ups and downs” over the next several days.  What about Arctic Air?  And, are there any storms on the horizon?

After the Freezing Fog issues this morning, we should see some improvement today, as the temperature finally makes it into the 50’s

COLD sub-freezing start Thursday morning at Dawn.

NICE afternoon recovery Thursday afternoon. If we get to 60° there will be dancing in the streets.

Thursday is by far the best day. Small rain chance Friday morning as a cold front sweeps through. Chilly weekend, but storms free through Monday.

We could see 4 more freezing mornings in the next 10 days. But, look at that milder pattern which gets started next week.

The next big deal storm system could be more than a week away on January 21st.

Could there be another shot of Arctic Air before this month ends?