SLIGHTLY WARMER WEDNESDAY AHEAD OF RAIN & STORMS THURSDAY… Mostly sunny skies are expected on this Wednesday ahead of showers and thunderstorms that will move in ahead of an advancing cold front on Thursday afternoon. Today will be a nice, seasonal, fall day with temperatures in the mid-70s this afternoon. Cooler air will move into our region on Friday, setting up a gorgeous, sunny weekend. Very cold air will move into the Deep South at the end of next week, giving us temperatures as low the upper-20s locally. Let’s look at details.
DRY OVERNIGHT; CLOUDS INCREASE THURSDAY MORNING… Clouds will increase after sunset with skies becoming overcast in most spots by the time we get to 6AM Thursday. Overnight lows will be around the 60 degree mark. No rain is expected until after 9AM on Thursday.
RAIN LIKELY THURSDAY EVENING; FEW STORMS POSSIBLE… Rain chances spike Thursday afternoon as an area of low atmospheric pressure and a trailing cold front approach from the west. There will be a low, but not zero, amount of instability in place during the afternoon and evening hours of Thursday. This means that a few thunderstorms will be possible in the midst of numerous showers across there area. For now, the severe weather risk remains at or near zero. The Storm Prediction Center has not introduced any type of severe weather risk zone with only the General Thunderstorms zone in place across our region. We will have radar updates posted on Thursday into the evening hours in the RedZone Weather app as needed.
FRIDAY TRENDS DRIER; COOLER AIR MOVES IN… Model data has consistently suggested the system providing all of the rain will move quickly out of our area on Friday morning. We will need to maintain a chance of rain, especially for the eastern half of the region, on Friday morning. Vast majority of the rain will be gone by 9AM. Breezy conditions are expected after the passage of the cold front with 10-15 mph wind being possible Friday afternoon and evening.
SUNNY, COOL WEEKEND… Picture perfect fall weather is ahead for the weekend with sunny skies expected on both Saturday and on Sunday. High temperatures will be in the mid-60s with morning lows around 40°.
ALABAMA VS. LSU WEATHER… Sunny skies are expected on Saturday as the LSU Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Humidity levels will remain low as cool, dry air continues to filter in from the northwest. Kickoff happens at 2:30PM CST. The game will be televised on local CBS stations. Temperatures in the middle of the afternoon at kickoff will be around 55°. By the end of the game, temperatures will be near 50° or perhaps even the upper-40s. You’ll definitely need a jacket if you’re headed to Bryant-Denny this weekend. We note that numerous media outlets are reporting that President Trump will be attending the big game and fans are encouraged to arrive early as security will be heightened. Auburn is off this week and will resume play next week versus Georgia.
QUIET START TO NEXT WEEK… There is a good chance you’ll see or hear about wild and outlandish social media posts suggesting a potential ice or snow storm setting up for next week across the Deep South. Let me stress that while ONE run of ONE model showed this potential last evening, there is no confidence in this idea as of now. This one model has been a clear outlier so far. We will watch trends today, but I would bet our ongoing forecast of mostly sunny skies and cool temperatures (quiet weather pattern) will probably be closer to what actually happens. Chances are high that we will have sunny skies for much of next week with temperatures in the 60s each afternoon through Wednesday. Much colder air will move in late next week, potentially bringing high temperatures down into the 50s with morning lows potentially in the upper-20s and 30s by Friday of NEXT week.
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See all the details in your Wednesday #rzw forecast video. Have a nice day!