As of 12:45 pm, we have a few scattered showers moving northward over the western parts of Central Alabama, mainly over portions of Pickens, Lamar, Fayette, and Tuscaloosa counties. The rest of Central Alabama is dry with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures are in the mid-70s to the mid-80s across the area. Birmingham was at 79 degrees. The cool spot was Haleyville at 75 degrees. The warm spot was Montgomery at 84 degrees.
For the rest of your Thursday afternoon and into the early evening hours, we’ll continue to have partly to mostly cloudy skies across the area with a few isolated showers and possibly a rumble of thunder moving northward over the west and northwestern parts of the area. The rest of Central Alabama should remain dry. Afternoon highs are forecast to reach the mid to upper 80s across the area, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few locations in the northwest stay in the 70s due to the cloud cover and light rainfall. For tonight and through the overnight hours, rain chances will diminish before by sunset and we’ll be left with partly to mostly clear skies. Lows will be in the lower to mid-60s.
A cold front begins its approach to Central Alabama on Friday and this will bring an increased risk of showers and thunderstorms to the western-third of the area during the day. The rest of the area will remain dry with partly to mostly sunny skies. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
For the Friday night high school football games, rain chances will begin to increase from west to east throughout the evening and into the late-night hours as the cold front moves into the area. Rain chances stay highest over the western third of the area at 6:00 pm with temperatures in the upper 70s to the lower 80s, but by the final whistle around 10:00 pm, all of the central and western parts of the area will have increased rain chances with temperatures in the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Rain chances will continue through the overnight hours mainly for the west and central parts of the area and lows will be in the upper 40s to the upper 60s.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES
Alabama will be traveling to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Nearly perfect weather is expected with sunny skies and the temperature in the lower 70s at kickoff.
UAB will also be traveling to Texas to take on UTSA at 5:00 pm on Saturday evening. No weather issues for the game as it is played in a dome, but expect fair weather with a brisk breeze from the northwest. Temperatures will start off in the lower 70s at kickoff and fall into the 60s through the game.
IT’S TALLADEGA TIME
A few showers are possible early on Saturday at the speedway, but as the cold front continues to move further away, those chances should diminish through the afternoon. Cloud cover will decrease somewhat with the high topping out around 72 degrees. We’ll start off with plenty of sunshine on Sunday morning at the track but clouds will be on the increase with a small risk of an isolated to scattered afternoon shower or storm that could pass over the track. Sunday’s high should top out around 73 degrees. Rain chance on Sunday is 30% as of now.
A non-tropical area of low pressure located off the northeast coast of the United is producing storm-force winds. Environmental conditions are expected to be unfavorable for significant subtropical or tropical cyclone development over the next couple of days while it meanders offshore of the United States. Regardless of development, this system is expected to bring strong winds, coastal flooding, and rough surf to portions of the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States coasts through late week.