A STATE DIVIDED: For those in West Alabama, most of this day has been bright and sunny with temperatures in the 50s this afternoon. However, for the eastern two-thirds of the state, it has been a cloudy, cold, and wet day as a cold core upper low moves overhead. Rain continues this afternoon mainly along and east of I-65, where temperatures are only in the mid 40s.
RADAR CHECK: Rain continues this morning over parts of East Alabama, and clouds linger over the rest of the state. A deep upper low will pass overhead today, and the sky will be generally cloudy, and we will maintain the chance of light rain over the eastern third of the state. Some clearing could begin over West Alabama this afternoon, however, as the upper low moves eastward. Temperatures will hold in the 40s today over the eastern half of the state; low 50s are possible for the western counties.
RADAR CHECK: We have patches of light rain across most of Alabama this afternoon as a wave moves into the western Gulf of Mexico. The evaporative cooling process has helped to generate a few patches of sleet mixed with the rain, but temperatures are in the 40s and there won’t be any impact. Periods of light rain are likely tonight, mostly over the southern two-thirds of the state; amounts should be under 1/4 inch.
CLOUDS ARE BACK: Clouds increased across Alabama overnight, and today will be a mostly cloudy day with a high not too far from 50 degrees. A wave moving through the northern Gulf of Mexico will bring a chance of some light rain later this afternoon and tonight, mostly for the southern two-thirds of the state. Best chance of rain will come along and south of I-59, and with very limited moisture rain amounts should be 1/4″ or less.
TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Clouds return to Alabama tomorrow, and some light rain is possible over the southern two-thirds of the state late tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. Best chance of rain will be along and south of I-59 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden), and amounts should be a quarter of an inch or less for most communities. Then, Friday will be a cloudy and cold day, and a few patches of light or drizzle are possible as a deep upper low moves overhead. The high tomorrow will be in the low 50s, and we most likely hold in the 40s all day Friday.
SUNNY, BUT COLD: Morning clouds gave way to a bright, sunny afternoon across Alabama, but the weather remains windy and amazingly cold for mid-November. Temperatures are generally in the 30-35 degree range; the average high for Birmingham on November 12 is 67. A strong north wind is keeping wind chill indices in the 20s.
WINDY AND COLD: The Arctic cold front continues to push southward through Alabama this morning; just before daybreak light rain was mainly south of I-59, and it will continue to end from northwest to southeast. As expected, there is some sleet and freezing rain on the back side of the precipitation shield, and also as expected, there is no impact.
BIG COLD SHOT COMING: A cold front is nearing the northwest corner of Alabama this evening; rain has developed over the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama this afternoon, and we will have periods of rain statewide tonight as the front moves through. No risk of severe storms, no thunder, rain amounts should be around 1/2 inch or less for most places.
MILD DAY: Today will be dry across Alabama, although clouds will increase during the day. We project a high in the mid to upper 60s this afternoon; it will be the warmest day of the week. But don’t get used to it; temperatures are well below zero over parts of the northern U.S. this morning, and that very cold air will blow into Alabama after midnight tonight.