Milder Air – Gulf Coast Storm System Friday – Quiet Weekend

Good Morning!  Good news, as the cold retreats and milder air overspreads the area.  But, showers will return to the forecast late tonight and Friday, ahead of a Gulf coast storm system. Timing is everything.  The weekend looks storm-free and pretty nice, for December.  We’ll look ahead later in month for our next potential “big ticket” weather. 

Dry and milder today. Showers return in the overnight hours tonight. Tonight will be much milder.

Gulf coast storm system Friday. Wet at times tomorrow. Drier and cooler Friday night.

Weekend looks pretty good. Storm-free. Mostly sunny. Too cool, but not cold. Cooler air arrives the first of next week.

Ridge builds later next week. Fortunately, that spells warmer temperatures.

Next big ticket weather for us. Possible late weekend significant storm system around December 13th. Then, another big temperature crash? Stay tuned. It’s early. We’re just looking at the models.

Chill Will Fade a Bit – Late Week Showers – Weekend Update

Good Morning!  It’s a bone chilling morning….coldest of the season so far.  But, look for a milder afternoon, as the chill begins to fade over the next 2-3 days.  Showers make a comeback by Thursday night/Friday.  I have an update on what looks like a pretty tranquil weekend.  And, we’ll take a look at some interesting model trends toward the middle of the month.  

After the very COLD start this morning, temperatures will make a nice recovery this afternoon into the mid and upper 50’s. Tonight will not be quite as cold.

Showers will move in with the next disturbance moves in late Thursday night into Friday.

After the showers depart Friday evening, it looks like a quiet and dry weekend. Temperatures will be below normal. Normal high is 64, low 40.

Looks like late next week, we’ll probably start to see a significant warming trend, as a Ride builds aloft.

Could there be a big deal storm system toward the middle of the month? Too early to say. But, two global models seem to suggest that could be in the cards. Stay tuned.

TUESDAY Video: Cold Blast – Arctic Chill – First Widespread Freeze -Welcome to December –

Welcome to December, and the first widespread freeze across the area.  We’re in the 20’s this morning, and it’s likely we’ll be at least as cold tonight.  This first day of December will be rather chilly.  Normal high is 64, today we will not make it out of the 40’s.  The breeze will make it seem colder.  We’ll look ahead to a late week disturbance which will bring rain back to the area.  And, what about the weekend?  There are at least a couple of question marks.

What a shock to the system after we’ve been so spoiled for so long. ARCTIC cold dominates the Southeast US. Temps are running about 16 degrees TOO COLD for this time of the year. First widespread freeze of the season.

We will probably not make it out of the 40’s today. That breeze sure won’t help. Back to the 20’s tonight.

We could be in the mid 20’s by Dawn Wednesday. Wind chill should not be a factor.

Storm system brings the threat of light rain to the area late Thursday, Thursday night into part of the day Friday.

The normal High this time of year is 64. We will be no where near that next few days. BUT, we will be back to the upper 50’s on Thursday and Friday. Cooler Saturday. Nice recovery Sunday.

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