Thursday Morning, May 5, 2016
Meteorologist Jake Reed/Meteorologist Ben Smith

Cooler & Drier Air Moves In – Wind Gusts Over 30 mph Today

It’s a quiet start in the Tennessee Valley with temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s. There were lots of stars out this morning coming to work around 2:30am. You might encounter a little fog in spots thanks to yesterday’s rainfall. Winds pick up once the sun comes up making way for a blustery afternoon.

A brisk northwest wind will keep highs this afternoon in the low and middle 60s. A wind advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday. A stray shower is possible near the Alabama/Georgia state line, but the chance is only 10 percent. As high pressure builds in the mid-levels for the weekend, expect beautiful weather to take over. Highs reach the low 80s Saturday and Sunday with abundant sunshine.

Friday and the weekend: A strong area of high pressure settles over the south for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That keeps the air chilly at night, but it also allows for a decent warm up thanks to a sunny sky in the afternoon. Lows fall into the middle and upper 40s for Thursday and Friday morning. With the upper trough just to our east, expect a brisk northwest wind to hand around Thursday through the weekend. Saturday and Sunday look fantastic: almost full sunshine the whole way, low humidity, and a pleasant feel to the air. Expect highs in the 80-85ºF range after morning lows down in the upper 40s and lower 50s. No problems for Whistlestop or Mother’s Day Sunday.

Big events like Castin’ ’n Catchin’ for CHD in Scottsboro look great under a clear sky; boats launch with temperatures near 50ºF on the lake, and we expect full sun for the expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Goosepond Colony Resort!

Next week: The weather pattern gets a little more unsettled next week. Expect a chance of some showers and thunderstorms as early as Tuesday; a better chance exists on Wednesday. We could certainly use the rain! Even with the downpours over the past five days, most of the Tennessee Valley area is way behind on rainfall for the Spring.

Tennessee Valley Forecast:

TODAY: Chilly in the morning. We’ll have a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon with a very small chance of a light shower. High: 68. Wind: NW 15-25 mph. Rain: 10%.

TONIGHT: Clear and chilly. Low: 47. Wind: NNW 5-10.

FRIDAY: Sunny and very pleasant with low humidity. High: 75. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear, cool and dry. Low: 52. Wind: WNW 5-10.

SATURDAY: Cool in the morning. Sunny, warm and breezy in the afternoon. High: 82. Wind: W 10-15 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, warm and breezy. High: 84. Wind: WSW 10-15.

MONDAY: Warm with a mix of clouds and sun. High: 84. Wind: SW 10-15.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy with a chance of scattered showers and storms. High: 82. Wind: SW 10-15. Rain: 30%.

WEDNESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of scattered showers and storms. High: 83. Wind: SW 10-17. Rain: 30%.

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