A Beautiful Leap Day In Store For Central Alabama

| February 29, 2020 @ 4:30 am

A BEAUTIFUL “LEAP DAY” ACROSS THE AREA
High pressure builds off to our southwest over the northern Gulf of Mexico which will bring quiet weather to Central Alabama for your Saturday. We’ll start off with a few clouds but those will exit quickly and skies will be sunny from the late morning through sunset. Afternoon highs will top out in the lower 50s to the lower 60s across the area from northeast to southwest.

STAYING DRY & A GOOD BIT WARMER ON SUNDAY
The high slides more toward the east coast of the Carolinas on Sunday, but we will remain dry throughout the entire day. Much of the day will be partly sunny with clouds really increasing during the evening and late-night hours. Highs across the area will range from the lower 60s in the northeast to the upper 60s in the southwest. Rain chances increase sharply after midnight and into the pre-dawn hours on Monday for the north and northwestern parts of the area.

A CLOUDY MONDAY WITH A GOOD CHANCE OF SHOWERS
We’ll have a good chance of showers for the northern half of the area on Monday as one surface low develops over north-central parts of Arkansas and moves northeast into the southeastern parts of Missouri. A few showers will be possible for the southern half of the area, but chances are much lower at this point. Skies will be mainly cloudy even when it is not raining. Highs will be in the lower 60s to the lower 70s from north to south.

WET WEATHER CONTINUES ON TUESDAY
As the surface low continues to move away from us, another develops over the southeastern parts of Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon and will rapidly work across the northwestern parts of Central Alabama and North Alabama during the late evening hours. Rain will continue to be likely for the northwestern half of the area with chances increasing for the southeastern half. A few thunderstorms will be possible, but severe weather is not likely at this point. Highs will be in the upper 60s to the mid-70s across the area.

A STORMY WEDNESDAY WITH HEAVY RAIN AT TIMES

The threat for stronger to severe storms has really started to drop as a surface low will be moving across the southern half of Central Alabama during the morning hours before dawn on Wednesday and will be in northwestern parts of Georgia by sunrise. It will still take the cold front a little while to move through the area, so rain and thunderstorms will continue to be likely throughout the day. Some of those storms could be heavy and we may see a few isolated flash flooding issues. A strong storm with gusty winds may be possible, but storms should be elevated for the most part. Highs will be in the lower 60s to the lower 70s across the area from northwest to southeast. Rainfall amounts look to range from 1.50 inches in the west and northwest to as much as 2.50 inches in the east and southeastern parts of the area. We’ll keep our eye on the models to see if any big changes occur, especially when the high-resolution models hit at the beginning of the week.

MUCH NICER WEATHER ON THURSDAY
High pressure quickly builds back in on Thursday and skies will quickly clear out during the early morning hours. By the late morning, we should have close to maximum sunshine across the area and temperatures will be really nice. Highs will range across the area from the lower 60s in the northwest to the upper 60s in the southeast.

JUST A TAD COOLER BUT STILL NICE ON FRIDAY
High pressure continues to dominate our weather and we’ll stick with mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower to mid-60s across the area.

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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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