Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast
Tuesday February 21, 2017
Forecaster: James Spann
RAIN RETURNS: Rain will become widespread across Alabama today as an upper trough moves in from the west, and the rain continues through tonight. There is no risk of severe weather, and we probably won’t hear much thunder.
Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely before the rain ends tomorrow. And, tomorrow will be cooler because of the clouds and rain; we will hover between 60 and 65 degrees much of the day.
WEDNESDAY: We will need to mention a chance of lingering showers tomorrow, and I am not sure we see much sunshine. The high will be close to 70 degrees, and the sky will slowly clear tomorrow night.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Thursday will be very mild and dry with a partly sunny sky; we rise into the mid 70s. Then, on Friday, a deep surface low will pass well north of the state, with a potential severe weather event for Indiana and some of the adjacent states. But, here in Alabama, the atmosphere should be capped off during the day Friday with limited moisture, so the daytime hours look generally dry with temperatures again pushing well up into the 70s.
We will mention a chance of showers and storms Friday night with the passing cold front, but for now the threat of severe weather looks rather low with the main dynamic support so far north.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Noticeably cooler air arrives Saturday. Despite a mostly sunny sky, we will have a hard time getting out of the 50s with a cool north breeze. Then, early Sunday, temperatures fall into the 30s, and colder spots will have a pretty good chance of seeing a late season freeze. Then, during the day Sunday, expect sunshine in full supply with a high close to 60 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: A rather unsettled pattern develops across the Deep South, with potential for a round of strong to severe storms as a deep surface low passes northwest of Alabama. Very difficult to determine timing, however, due to model inconsistency and differences. The latest GFS run hints the main window for strong storms will come at mid-week on Wednesday, but that could easily change. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.