Cloudy & Cool At Midday… At Least It Is Dry

| February 17, 2020 @ 1:14 pm

It’s a clean sweep on the radar as of 12:55 pm on this cloudy and dry Monday across Central Alabama. There may be a few breaks in the clouds to allow a small amount of sunshine to reach the surface at the time, but most across the area have overcast skies. Temperatures are in the lower 50s to the lower 60s across the area. Montgomery was the warm spot at 63 degrees while the cool spot was Haleyville at 52 degrees. Birmingham was at 57 degrees.

We’ll continue to stay mostly cloudy across the area throughout the remainder of the daylight hours through sunset, and we’ll remain dry. Afternoon highs will be in the lower 60s in the northwest to the upper 60s in the southeast. For tonight, rain chances will be on the increase with showers becoming possible during the evening and late-night hours and becoming likely around or after midnight. Don’t be surprised if you hear a few rumbles of thunder. Lows will be in the mid to upper 50s.

There is just no better way to put this… it’s going to rain on Tuesday. Showers and a few thunderstorms will be likely throughout the day, but the good news is that no severe storms are expected. The bad news is that we could see as much as 1.00-1.50 inches of rain across the area with some localized higher amounts through midnight. We do not need any more rain this month as we are already well over the normal average for this time of the year. Highs will be in the upper 60s to the mid-70s across the area.

For those of you wondering about the big race down in Daytona, it looks to stay dry throughout the rest of the afternoon and into the evening hours. I wouldn’t completely rule out a small chance of a stray shower, but I think that will be highly unlikely. We should be able to see the rest of the 500 miles completed this evening.

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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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