SIGNIFICANT FORECAST CHANGES: WARMER WEEKEND AHEAD… It’s not everyday that we have to significantly adjust the 7 Day Forecast, but today is one of those times. Instead of a cold front passing through the area ushering in cooler temperatures as originally suggested, it now appears that we’ll have a warm, wetter weekend with a southerly wind off the northern Gulf. That will keep our weather pattern unstable this weekend into early next week. The good news: The severe weather risk that was potentially setting up for Friday is now off the table. Next week will be much warmer and wetter than previously suggested as well. Let’s talk details…
SUNNY, COOL WEDNESDAY… Plenty of sunshine is expected across south Alabama and northwest Florida on this Wednesday. High temperatures will peak in the mid-60s across the region. Winds will be out of the north at 5 to 10 mph throughout the day. We have a quick turnaround upcoming, however, as winds will shift from out of the south starting on Thursday. This will allow rain chances to rise into the upcoming weekend.
COLD OVERNIGHT AHEAD… Overnight lows on Thursday morning will likely be the coldest of any night out of the next 7 days. Most spots will be around 33-35° but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our northern communities like Beatrice, Vredenburgh, Forest Home, Greenville, Thomasville, Fulton, and Millry make a run at the freezing mark. Clear skies are expected overnight.
DRY DAY ON VALENTINE’S DAY; SHOWERS POSSIBLE LATE… Plenty of sunshine is likely on Valentine’s Day Thursday as well with increasing temperatures. Highs will be in the mid-60s across the region. Isolated showers could happen during the evening hours but I’m not expecting thunderstorms. Early indications point to rain coverage being a bit greater on the eastern side of our region. We’ll be able to get more specific about that tomorrow.
WET, WARM WEEKEND AHEAD… Rain chances will rise throughout the weekend and into early next week. There aren’t any major indications of any severe weather issues for now, but with this warm, unstable air mass in place over the next several days (beyond Friday), we’ll need to watch any cold fronts that approach from the northwest. The fronts are what provides lift and other dynamic support for storms to form. Highs this weekend will be in the 70s with lows in the 50s.
MORE RAIN LIKELY NEXT WEEK… Early model indications point to an unsettled, warm pattern into the early part of the upcoming week. Rain chances will be high (>50%) on Monday into Tuesday when a few thunderstorms may be possible. We’ll keep you posted about the latest in the RedZone Weather app.
I’ve got all the details and graphics in your Wednesday #rzw forecast video… Have a great day!