Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – Morning Edition
Meteorologist: Scott Martin

A Cold Start To A Relatively Nice Day
With temperatures starting off in the 20s to the lower 30s throughout Central Alabama at daybreak, Saturday will turn out to actually be a relatively nice day. Skies for most of the area will be mostly clear during the day with the exception of the extreme southern parts as there will be a good mix of sun and clouds. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid to upper 50s from north to south, and conditions will stay dry for the day.

For the evening and overnight hours, more clouds will move in ahead of our next system that will bring rain to the area on your Sunday through a good bit of the day on Wednesday. We should stay dry on Saturday night, but a few sprinkles to light showers could sneak into the western parts of the area before daybreak on Sunday. Lows will be in the mid-30s to the lower 40s.

Wet Conditions For Sunday As Temperatures Begin To Moderate
As the day breaks on Sunday morning, a good bit of the western parts of Central Alabama will have showers likely, while the rest of the area will have increasing chances throughout the afternoon hours. Rainfall amounts will not be all that impressive throughout the day, mainly less than 1/2-inch, with the higher totals coming throughout the work week. Highs will be in the lower to mid-50s in the north, with upper 50s to the mid-60s in the south. When it’s not raining, don’t expect to see much sun at all, as skies will be mainly cloudy all of the way through the daytime and nighttime hours. Lows will be in the upper 40s to the upper 50s with showers likely.

A Wet Start To The Final Work Week Before Christmas
Likely rain chances will continue through the day on Monday and Tuesday, with the possibility of embedded thunderstorms moving through with this system. Good news is that we should receive a decent amount of rainfall and severe storms are not expected. While it may not rain the whole time during these two days, any sunshine will be hard to find. Highs will be much warmer, in the 60s to near 70 degrees on both days. Rainfall amounts will end up around 1-2 inches for most, with a few spots approaching 3 inches. We need all the rain we can get at this point due to much of Central Alabama being in either abnormally dry or in moderate drought conditions.

From Hump Day To Friday
A flow out of the southwest starts to set up over Central Alabama to end out the work week, and we will have a small chance of showers moving through the area for Wednesday and Thursday, before a better shot of rain and few storms move in for Friday. We’ll see partly to mostly sunny days on Thursday and Friday with a small risk of a scattered shower; highs in the upper 50s and throughout the 60s. Friday will feature that shift of the flow to out of the southwest, and more moisture moves in with higher rain chances. Highs will be in the 50s to the mid-60s. Rain totals for the end of the week could total up to 3/4-inch.

A Voodoo Land Look At Christmas
Looks like rain will be the big story for Central Alabama for the Christmas weekend and into Christmas Day on the following Monday. There is a little winter mischief showing up on the GFS out to our west on Sunday and it makes it north of the state for Christmas day, but it looks like just a cold rain for Central Alabama. Highs are trending in the lower to mid-50s for these days, with lows in the upper 30s to the lower 40s. At this point, no White Christmas for Central Alabama… but this is Voodoo Land… and it could drastically change.

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On This Day In Weather History
2000 – An F4 tornado hits communities near Tuscaloosa, AL, killing 11 people and injuring 125 others. It was the strongest December tornado in Alabama since 1950.

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