Cold Blast – Sharply Colder – Widespread Freeze Tonight – MONDAY Video

Good Morning!  Winter-like air is funneling into Alabama.  No surprise.  We’ve been expecting this for several days.  Today will be a day of Falling Temperatures.  Wind Chill will be factor today and tonight.  Expect the first widespread freeze of the season tonight.  Tuesday night could be a little colder.  How long will the cold stick around?  We’ll look ahead to the disturbance late in the week, and take a peek into the weekend.

Arctic air funnels into Alabama on gusty northwest winds. Falling temperatures, falling to 39 by sunset. First widespread freeze tonight.

Wind chill will be a factor especially by tonight and Tuesday morning. Dress in layers.

The Coldest morning will be Wednesday morning by Dawn.

Nice recovery Wednesday afternoon into Friday with highs in the 50’s More rain possible Thursday evening into part of Friday. Colder Saturday.

More rain possible Thursday evening into part of Friday. Does not appear to be a significant system.

Climate Prediction Center calls for a major temperature turn around by Mid and late December.

Special SUNDAY UPDATE: Sunday Storm System – Sharply Colder Tomorrow

Good Morning!  

STORM SYSTEM TODAY:  An approaching low pressure system will track eastward across the Gulf states today. 

Showers and storms will become likely.  Rainfall could be rather heavy at times.  It will become windy.  High today 66. Upper 40’s overnight, then falling.  Here’s a couple of Future Radar snapshots.

Slight increase in coverage area on today’s Severe Risk from SPC. Larger Level 2 ‘Slight’ risk now covers most of Southeast Alabama. A couple of isolated tornadoes ca’t be ruled out

Additional rainfall potential could easily total 1-2” for many before the rain ends by Later tonight. 

DRASTIC TEMPERATURE PLUNGE:  Overnight, a strong Cold Front sweeps through the state.  As the front moves through, winds will become quite gusty.  Maximum wind gusts could reach 35-40 mph with the frontal passage.

There will be no traditional high temperature Monday.  Look for falling temperatures,  reaching near 43 by late Monday afternoon, and into the upper 20’s on Monday night.  It’ll be the first widespread freeze.  Tuesday’s high will only be in the 40’s.  The graph below speaks volumes on the dramatic drop.

The Coldest morning will be Wednesday.  Here’s a look at Wednesday AM at Dawn.

NEXT FEW DAYS:   Winter is coming…at least for 2-3 days.  This will be a shock to the system.  Highs return to the 50’s by Wednesday.  The risk of rain is back in the forecast by the end of the week. 

LONG TERM:  The fact that we are about to have cold blast doesn’t mean we’re in for a cold winter. In fact, the forecast for December show above to much above normal temperatures, according to the Climate Prediction Center.  Looks like a La Nina winter….warmer than normal and drier than normal. 

I will have a complete video update for you in the morning.  Enjoy your Sunday.  Stay Weather Aware. 

–Rich

SATURDAY Update: Sunday Storm System – Sharply Colder Monday

Good Morning!   Today will be relatively quiet and dry.  But, get ready for big changes ahead. 

    Tomorrow will be the main event, as a robust storm system affects to the state.  The final and strongest disturbance in this series.  That system is associated with a strong cold front. 

    Expect a shocking temperature drop Monday.  Get ready for temperatures in the 20’s by Monday night.  The first widespread freeze.  The coldest morning will be Wednesday morning.

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TODAY:  Patchy fog early in the morning.  Mostly cloudy, dry and quiet today.  High 69.  Cloudy tonight.  Dry.  Low 56.

STORM SYSTEM TOMORROW:  The final disturbance begins to effect the state in the wee hours  of Sunday.  This will be a rather robust storm system, associated with a strong cold front.   Showers and storms will become likely.  Rainfall could be rather heavy. 

Here’s the map tomorrow morning, with the main low on the Texas coast.

By 6 PM, the low has made it to the Alabama border.

The Storm Prediction Center says there could some severe storms.  Right now, a Marginal Risk covers the southern half of  Alabama. 

Additional rainfall potential could total 2”+ in spots before the rain ends by Monday morning.

NEXT FEW DAYS:   By far the coldest air of the season will follow the storm.  Monday’s high  will barely reach 50.  Winds will make it seem colder.  We’ll be in the 20’s Monday night and perhaps the mid 20’s by Wednesday Dawn. Tuesday’s high will only be in the 40’s.   Winter is coming.  Get ready. 

IRON BOWL FOREAST:  Looks like a great day for football in Tuscaloosa today.  Partly sunny.  High in the mid 60’s.  North wind at 5 to 10 mph.  Dry.

I will have another Blog Update for you tomorrow, Sunday morning.  I Hope you and your family have a wonderful Iron Bowl Saturday!  

FRIDAY Update: Wet at Times through Sunday – Cold Blast Ahead – First Widespread Freezes

Good Morning!   Our active weather pattern continues. Early morning showers will move out.  But, the next significant disturbance, in a series will bring in more drenching rains into the area by this evening and tonight. 

    Sunday will be the main event, as a robust storm system affects to the state.  Think of it as the “caboose”… the final and strongest disturbance in this series.  That system is associated with a strong cold front. 

    Expect a shocking temperature drop Monday.  Get ready for temperatures in the 20’s by Monday night.  The first widespread freeze.  The coldest morning will be Wednesday morning.

   Here’s the set-up this morning.  That upper low in the southwest US, will “fire off” a series of disturbances.  We’ll be wet at times through Sunday night.   

TODAY:  Early morning showers are associated with a stalled front in south Alabama. Much of this day will be dry/quiet, as we wait for the next disturbance by evening.  High today 73.  Showers and storms likely tonight.  Looks like a “drencher”.  Low tonight 59.   Here’s a Future Radar snapshot at 8:00PM tonight. 

SUNDAY STORM SYSTEM:  The final disturbance begins to effect the state in the wee hours late Saturday night into Sunday.  This will be a rather robust storm system, associated with a strong cold front.   Showers and storms will become likely.  Rainfall could be rather heavy. 

The Storm Prediction Center says there could some severe storms.  Right now, a Marginal Risk covers south Alabama. 

Additional rainfall potential could total 2”+ in spots before the rain ends by Monday morning. 

NEXT FEW DAYS:   By far the coldest air of the season will follow the storm.  Monday’s high  will barely reach 50.  Winds will make it seem colder.  We’ll be in the 20’s Monday night and perhaps the mid 20’s by Wednesday Dawn. Tuesday’s high will only be in the 40’s.   Winter is coming.  Get ready. 



SHARPLY COLDER – TASTE OF THE ARCTIC:  Much colder air arrives Monday.   We’ll be in the 20’s Monday night and Tuesday night.  Tuesday’s high will not make it out of the 40’s..with a stiff breeze making it seem colder.  Timing is perfect.  Tuesday is the first day of December. 

IRON BOWL FOREAST:  Looks like a great day for football in Tuscaloosa.  Partly sunny.  High in the mid 60’s.  North wind at 5 to 10 mph. 

I will have another Blog Update for you tomorrow, and Sunday morning.  I Hope you and your family have a wonderful Black Friday and Iron Bowl weekend!  

–Rich

THANKSGIVING UPDATE: Active Pattern through Sunday – Sharply Colder Monday – Winter is Coming

 Happy Thanksgiving!   During the night and early this morning, many towns have had a nice downpour and thunder & lightning, along a frontal boundary.   The front will become stationary later today.

     We’ll be in a rather active pattern through Sunday.  It will be wet at times.  Sunday, a rather robust storm system could bring a severe weather threat. 

    Then, following the Sunday storm system, sharply colder air funnels into Alabama.  Winter is coming.  Details below.

TODAY:  On this Thanksgiving Day, it will be another very mild day with a high of 75.  The front which has brought the rain and storms will stall somewhere in south central Alabama this morning.  Best rain chance today will be across the southeast third of the state.   I’ll hang onto at least a 20% chance risk of isolated showers through tonight.  It will be mostly cloudy.  Tonight’s low 57.    Here’s a Future Radar snapshot at 11AM.

The frontal system stalls in south central Alabama by mid-day.

NEXT FEW DAYS:   A series of disturbances will bring in more wet weather, at times through the weekend.  The most significant rain chance arrives Sunday and Sunday night.  Sharply colder air funnels into the state Monday.  Winter is coming.

Robust Sunday storm system.  Will there be a Severe Weather component?   Maybe.  Too early to say for sure, but the Storm Prediction  Center is hinting at a Severe Threat.

ARE YOU READY FOR WINTER?:  Much colder air arrives Monday.   We’ll be in the 20’s Monday  night and Tuesday night.  Tuesday’s high will not make it out of the 40’s..with a stiff breeze making it seem colder.  Timing is perfect.  Tuesday is the first day of December. 

I’m ready to build a fire in my fireplace!

IRON BOWL FOREAST:  Looks like a great day for football in Tuscaloosa.  No rain expected at this time.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

How much rain did you get at your house. Here in East Montgomery I had .73″ overnight, and 1.22 in the last 24 hours.

I will have another Blog Update for you tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday morning.  I Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

–Rich