Scattered rain and slippery roads on Tuesday morning
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Good morning and happy Tuesday. We’ve been tracking heavy rain and gusty winds all morning thanks to a cold front moving through the Southeast. We were very fortunate that the serious threat did not materialize thanks to the stable atmosphere.
First Alert from AccuTrack satellite and radar It shows drier conditions developing across west Alabama while light to moderate precipitation continues in areas along and east of Interstate 65 as of 5 a.m. Please slow down if you have to be out on the roads this morning. The combination of wet roads and leaves on the ground will likely result in slippery surfaces. Severe weather looks very unlikely this morning across north and central Alabama. The main threat will be a few peals of thunder and pockets of heavy rain. Severe weather cannot be ruled out in parts of southeast Alabama this morning. The main concern for the southern half of Alabama will be strong winds of 40 to 60 mph with a very low tornado tornado threat.
Temperatures this morning are mostly in the 60s. It stays very breezy. Winds will continue at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 to 40 mph. A wind advisory remains in effect for central Alabama until 7 a.m. Stormy conditions led to power outages across central Alabama with more than 3,000 customers without power. Wind speeds are expected to decrease this afternoon, but it will likely remain breezy with winds coming from the west and northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
We’ll likely remain mostly cloudy this afternoon with only a 20 percent chance of stray rain. No severe weather is expected this afternoon as the main dynamics of this system move away from us. Temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 60s. If you have any evening plans, you’ll probably want to grab a jacket as temperatures drop into the upper 50s by 7 p.m. We will likely remain mostly cloudy tonight with only a 10 percent chance of showers or drizzle.
Wednesday mostly dry: If you’re planning to travel to see family or friends for Thanksgiving tomorrow, the weather should cooperate. We’ll likely start off Wednesday morning dry with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will end up getting a little cooler with most of us in the mid to upper 40s. We will likely remain mostly cloudy tomorrow. I can’t rule out some sprinkles Wednesday morning and afternoon as the dry air squeezes out any available moisture in the atmosphere.
Wednesday looks cool and breezy with temperatures in the low to mid 50s. Winds will continue to be northwesterly at 10 to 15 mph, with isolated gusts of up to 20 mph. The combination of wind and cold temperatures will likely make it feel like we’re in the 40s Wednesday afternoon. Pack up!
Thanksgiving forecast: The weather is looking cold and calm for Thanksgiving.
We expect morning temperatures to drop into the upper 30s on Thursday. Some areas in the north may see temperatures drop into the mid-30s. We’ll likely remain partly sunny to mostly cloudy Thursday afternoon with temperatures rising into the mid 50s. You will definitely feel like you are on vacation with the chill in the air. Winds are likely to remain light northwesterly at 5 to 10 mph.
Possibility of rain on Black Friday: Weak disturbances in the Southeast are expected to ease Thursday night into Friday. This disturbance could bring light rain across Alabama before Black Friday. We’ll likely remain mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of widely scattered showers in the first half of the day. If you’re planning to head out early in the morning to grab some Black Friday deals, I recommend wearing a rain jacket to keep you warm and dry. I doubt we’ll see much rain with this fast-moving system. Any rain that falls will likely be around a few hundred inches. Friday afternoon temperatures will likely remain in the mid to upper 50s. I think we’ll end up dry Friday evening with temperatures dropping into the 40s.
Iron Bowl Forecast: We’re looking forward to a dry start to the weekend! Saturday is likely to end up mostly partly cloudy. Temperatures are expected to start in the low 40s Saturday morning. Saturday will end up cool and dry with temperatures rising into the upper 50s and lower 60s. It should be a great day for the big game in Auburn, as the Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Auburn Tigers at 2:30 p.m. Temperatures at the start of the game will likely start in the 60s and cool into the 50s by the end of the game. I recommend getting a jacket for the game.
I look forward: Sunday looks partly cloudy and dry with highs in the 60s.
Long-term models indicate that next week could be cold with below average temperatures. We will offer a slight chance of rain on Monday as a cold front moves into the Southeast. Temperatures are expected to drop well below average in the middle and end of next week, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.
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