Weather Xtreme Video: Few Showers Early, Rain Likely Later Today

| January 12, 2019 @ 7:53 am

At 7:00 AM: We have a good bit of cloud cover over Central Alabama with a few scattered showers over the east and northeastern parts of the area. The rain that we are expecting to see later today is now stationed over the eastern parts of Arkansas and much of Louisiana and crossing the river into western Mississippi. Underneath the clouds and those scattered showers, temperatures are in the 40s across the area. Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Eufaula are tied as the warm spots at 48 degrees, while the cool spot is Auburn at 43 degrees.

For today, we’ll have a chance of a few scattered showers throughout the morning hours before the main activity starts to move into the western parts of the area by midday. The main window for the best rain chances today will be from noon through midnight. The good news is that we are not expecting heavy rainfall amounts as projected totals should be around 0.50 to 0.75 inches through the end of the day. Also, with the cooler temperatures today and a stable atmosphere, we should not see any lightning or hear any thunder today. Just have those umbrellas ready when you head out later this morning and into the afternoon hours. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 40s to the upper 50s across the area from north to south, with lows in the lower 40s to the lower 50s.

On Sunday, showers will come to an end for the most part during the pre-dawn hours as the weakening low will be moving by just to our north over Tennessee. We could see a few wrap-around stray lighter showers or drizzle over the northern parts of Central Alabama through midday, but all of the area will be dry after that. Skies will remain mostly cloudy but there may be just a few breaks in the cloud cover to allow some sunshine in during the late afternoon hours. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 40s to the upper 50s across the area from northwest to southeast.

Monday will be dry and very cool as a high-pressure center will be off to our west over the Texas/Oklahoma border at midday. For us, that means we will be dry but skies will start off mostly cloudy and will be in a very slow process of clearing. Skies finally become partly cloudy to mostly clear by the late night hours and we should be able to see a good bit of stars Monday night. Afternoon highs will be in the mid-40s to the lower 50s across the area from north to south.

Tuesday will be a very nice but cool day across Central Alabama as we’ll be just to the east of the center of high pressure. That will be pulling cooler air down from the north as surface winds will be out of the north. Afternoon highs will top out in the lower to mid-50s across the area from north to south.

On Wednesday, we’ll be under the influence of high pressure as it will be centered over New Orleans at midday. That means for us a nice day with more sun than clouds and highs in the mid-50s to the lower 60s across the area from north to south.

On Thursday, we’ll have a little impulse that will be forming out to our west during the morning hours and will head in our direction which will bring us a chance of a few showers, especially from midday and crossing over into the pre-dawn hours on Friday. It will be a day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-50s to the lower 60s across the area from north to south.

We’ll continue to have a small chance of a few passing showers during the morning hours on Friday before the impulse moves out of the area by the early afternoon hours. Unfortunately, there will be enough moisture left over that more showers will be possible as a low will begin to move closer to the southeast and provide lift for more shower development. Rain looks to become more likely as we move into the late night hours and we may have a few claps of thunder before the day is through. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 50s to the lower 60s across the area from north to south.

Next Saturday (12/19) at noon.

Voodoo Land shows us that the low that was over northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas will be getting its act together as is pushes eastward and will be over southern Ohio by midday Saturday. That looks to bring us a good shot of showers and thunderstorms for the first day of next weekend, and at this point, there may be just enough ingredients there for a stronger storm or two. But for now, this is out there in Voodoo Land, so this will likely change. Next Sunday looks to be trending dry and colder. As you can see, the GFS is painting a high in the mid-60s for next Saturday then dropping way down in the upper 30s for next Sunday.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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