There is a growing concern for the possibility of a few strong to severe storms on Friday as a strong cold front moves our way. Temperatures at this time are warmer than average for this time of the year and tomorrow there is a chance some locations could reach 90°! The good news is that the first day of October will be a pleasant day with a good supply of sunshine. A southerly breeze will be developing tomorrow and this will bring a big increase in moisture levels that will become more noticeable on Thursday.
LATE WEEK STORM THREAT: Cloud cover will be on the increase Thursday as our next frontal system approaches. A few scattered showers could develop to the west but the more active weather will be located over Arkansas and Missouri. Those states are already under a slight risk for severe weather on Thursday. There is a chance a line of strong to severe storms will develop across this region and begin a march east Thursday night and early Friday morning. As the rain and storms push into Mississippi there could be some weakening as the upper support lifts north. The rain and storms should reach western areas during the 5 a.m. - 8 a.m. timeframe on Friday and then push across the I-65 corridor during the late morning. Shear looks marginal but low level instability could help sustain any stronger storms. Right now this does not look like a moderate threat type day but there could certainly be a few storms capable of producing damaging straight line winds, hail, and an isolated tornado.
WEEKEND COOL BLAST: Cooler air will blast in behind the front Friday night with lows near 52°. Some areas to the north could experience 40s Saturday morning. We will also have much cooler conditions throughout the day on Saturday with highs struggling to break into the low 70s! Be sure to join us beginning at 5 p.m. for more details on the colder forecast for the first weekend of October.
NOAA WEATHER: There is a mention of a few strong to severe storms in the forecast for later in the week so now is a great time to check the batteries in your NOAA Weather Radio. Timing is also great because tomorrow the National Weather Service will conduct a weekly radio test between 10 a.m. and noon. Have a great evening!
Tomorrow is October 1, the beginning of our big transition month into the cool season. And a large cool air mass is already developing over Canada and the northern U.S.
Temperatures at mid afternoon are only in the 50s over much of western Canada and the northern U.S. Some observations are in the 40s. By Thursday, a big upper-level system will cause a low pressure area to develop over the central U.S. That will drag the cold air south into Alabama by the weekend.
The cold front will come through Friday night, and we will likely see some rain and storms on Friday. Hard to tell yet whether rain will be over for high school football. Then, the cold air starts coming in on strong NW winds Friday night and Saturday. By Saturday morning, temperatures will probably drop into the lower 50s, then temperatures on Saturday may only reach the upper 60s despite sunshine. Then, Saturday night many of will drop into the 40s for the first time this year. Get the jackets ready for this weekend. Auburn's game could be especially chilly Saturday evening.
Here we go with a couple of days of sunshine. Temps should be a little above normal today...in the mid-80s.
Tonight, look for mostly clear skies and lows near 63.
We are expecting weather to be dry, with clear to partly cloudy skies through Thursday afternoon.
Thursday night overnight into Friday morning an approaching cold front is forecast to move into our area, bringing a line of strong storms. Damaging winds along with a chance of torndoes is possible with this system. We will be fine-tuning the arrival of this system between now and then, but at this point it looks like the storm should be through our area by noon Friday.
After the storms look for clearing skies Friday afternoon and evening and a gorgeous weekend, with mostly sunny skies...highs in the 70s...and lows in the 40s to 50s.
The last of the scattered shower activity is impacting far southeast areas and we expect this wet weather to taper off this evening. We’ve already enjoyed some nice breaks in the clouds to the northwest with temperatures in the middle 80s. The sky will gradually clear from northwest to southeast tonight with lows near 63°. Some areas to the north could experience lows in the upper 50s tomorrow morning.
The weather for the next two days will remain very tranquil with pleasantly mild mornings and warmer afternoons. Highs will be in the middle 80s under a partly to mostly sunny sky.
(Next cold front approaches on Thursday.)
We will experience some changes on Thursday as a cold front approaches from the west. This will bring an increasing southerly wind on Thursday with increasing clouds in the afternoon. A passing shower can’t be ruled out in western areas on Thursday but the better coverage of rain will arrive overnight Thursday and into the day on Friday. We expect a band of rain with some embedded storms to work into the state. Some of the storms could be strong or severe so keep an eye on the forecast as we get closer to Friday.
This system should move out of the region on Saturday with cooler and drier air settling in for the weekend. I will have plenty more details on this system plus an hour by hour break down of tomorrow’s forecast beginning at 5 p.m. on Fox6.
Look for variably cloudy skies today with a slight chance of showers...highs near 81-degrees.
A trough of low pressure remains parked over the Florida Panhandle today and it will slowly be treking to the east by this afternoon and evening. As a result our rain chances will decrease this evening as our skies begin to clear.
Look for sunshine to return for Tuesday through Thursday afternoons.
By Thursday night an approaching cold front is expected to rapidly move our way and give us a chance of rain and strong storms going into Friday morning and afternoon.
This weekend should be nice with cooler air and mostly clear skies.
At one point it was looking like today was going to be a washout but that certainly wasn’t the case. We are detecting a few isolated showers on VIPIR but there are no indications the more organized rain will overspread our area. A low pressure system over the northern Gulf has taken a more southerly track, keeping the bulk of the wet weather confined to southern portions of Alabama. I still can’t rule out a few showers tonight or tomorrow but the wet weather in our area won’t be nearly as heavy.
The models finally have better agreement on this system with the greater coverage of rain projected to lift into southeast Alabama and southern Georgia overnight. The clouds and showers should thin out from west to east tomorrow with some clearing possible. I’m forecasting a high of 80° based on some sunshine breaking through the clouds in the afternoon.
We expect pleasant fall weather on Tuesday as a high pressure ridge builds over the state. Some areas to the north could wake-up in the upper 50s Tuesday morning. Look for highs to reach the mid 80s during the afternoon, with a mostly sunny sky.
NEXT FRONTAL SYSTEM/STRONG STORMS FRIDAY: There is a chance a few isolated showers could impact western counties on Wednesday and Thursday as our next frontal system approaches the state. A stronger south flow will develop ahead of this system and there will be a build-up of instability. A line of rain and thunderstorms is expected to impact the area on Friday and some storms could be strong or severe. This system will be followed by another cool blast over the weekend. I will have more details on the timing plus radar updates beginning at 9 p.m. on Fox6.