A fast moving cold front will move into and through Alabama tonight. Clouds and a few sprinkles especially across northern sections are expected.
The front will provide another surge of chilly and dry weather to start off Thanksgiving day. In fact, we expect dry weather state-wide through the entire weekend.
Mostly sunny skies with high temperatures for Thanksgiving day will range from the 40’s north to 50’s south.
Most locations will drop to freezing Thursday night into Friday morning. Lows in the upper 20’s across the north will be common with low 30’s down south.
We begin to see the temperatures become milder through the rest of the weekend…with mostly sunny days and fair nights.
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
* Tornado Watch for portions of southeast Alabama the central and eastern Florida Panhandle southwest Georgia coastal waters.
* Effective this Sunday afternoon and evening from 1235 PM until 700 PM CST.
* Primary threats include… a couple tornadoes possible scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible.
The Tornado Watch area is approximately along and 90 statute miles north and south of a line from 50 miles west southwest of Dothan Alabama to 25 miles east southeast of Moultrie Georgia. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update.
A storm system over Texas will move our way and produce showers and thunderstorms beginning Saturday night. These storms are not expected to produce any severe weather over the state during the night time.
During the day on Sunday, we expect the risk of severe weather to begin as the line of thunderstorms develop west of the state and moves east.
Meanwhile a warm front will move north and put the central and southern sections of the state into the warm sector of the storm system.
Thunderstorms will be likely over all of Alabama on Sunday…with the chances of severe weather developing in the warm sector over central and southern sections.
The best chances of severe weather including isolated tornadoes will be over the southern third of Alabama. However, anyone living below the I-20 corridor will need to be especially alert through the day.
Even though the chance of severe weather is low over the northern third of the state, a few storms may produce strong wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph.
Heavy rainfall is also possible area wide, so localized flooding is possible as well.
The showers and storms will taper off by Sunday evening with only scattered showers after midnight.
The brutal cold air mass experienced this week has finally given way to milder weather thanks to a southerly wind flow.
We expect afternoon temperatures to warm into the 50’s north and 60’s south through the rest of the week.
Look for scattered clouds to move across the region, especially across the northern sections at times. We don’t expect to see much in the way of rain chances through the early part of the weekend.
The weather will quickly deteriorate Saturday night as our next storm system will be over Texas. The system will accelerate northeast and take on a negative tilt.
Wind flow throughout the atmosphere will increase along with shear values. We expect widespread showers and thunderstorms to move into Alabama Saturday night and continue into Sunday.
We will be watching for the potential of severe weather, especially over southern sections of the state.
This system has some time before affecting the area, so we will watch future developments with the system and provide updates along the way.