Wednesday Afternoon, January 28, 2015
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson
Milder Thursday and chilly again by Friday
Thin cirrus clouds on the horizon signal another change in the weather, but we have at least one mild day before colder air moves in again. Thickening clouds keep temperatures up tonight; expect lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s by Thursday morning. High temps top out near 60 degrees Thursday afternoon even though clouds increase all day.
A few isolated showers develop ahead of a cold front Thursday afternoon and evening; those lucky enough to get rain won’t see much: only around a trace to 0.10.” It gets drier and cooler again on Friday, but the weekend brings chilly, wet weather.
Friday through Sunday: The cold air moving in Friday keeps temperatures just a tad below normal for late January. Huntsville’s “normal” high is around 52-53ºF; we expect afternoon highs from 47 to 52 degrees.
Friday should be dry with a partly sunny sky. Saturday starts out clear, dry and cold, but clouds moving in from the west limit the sunshine and the warm-up. Expect a high near 50 degrees with a light southeast wind. A few isolated showers may come in before midnight; that’s the only reason for the 10% chance of rain Saturday. Any appreciable rain comes well after sunset.
Sunday looks gray and damp, but temperature forecasts are little uncertain. One solution gets us to the upper 50s with a strong south breeze, other solutions keep the wind from the east and temperatures a big lower (upper 40s and lower 50s). The key to planning for Sunday is the rain chance: 50%. Most of the rain will be light, pesky showers, but a few good downpours are possible there as well. By Sunday night, most of North and Central Alabama will have somewhere around 0.25” to 0.50” of rain; it will be tough to get much more than a tenth of an inch in Southern Tennessee.
Colder Next Week: A series of cold fronts keep temperatures well-below normal next week. We will struggle to get back to 40 degrees Monday afternoon with a brisk north wind. The air moderates a little getting us back to the upper 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday, but another storm system brings a chance of rain followed by more cold weather from Wednesday into Thursday.
As of now, there are no legitimate winter storm threats on the horizon, but we will keep watching for any changes in the make-up of these storm systems over the next two weeks.
TONIGHT: Fair and chilly. Low: 39. Wind: SE 3-9.
THURSDAY: Increasing clouds. A few afternoon showers possible. High: 60. Wind: SW 10-20. Rain: 20%.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and colder. Low: 34. Wind: N 5-10.
FRIDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. High: 47. Wind: N 6-12.
SATURDAY: Increasing clouds. Cool with showers very late. High: 50. Wind: SE 5-10. Rain: 10%.
SUNDAY: Cloudy, wet and cool. Showers likely. High: 52. Wind: ESE 6-12. Rain: 50%.
MONDAY: Cloudy with morning snow flurries. Breezy and cold. High: 39. Wind: N 10-15.
TUESDAY: Sunny and chilly. High: 46. Wind: NE 5-10.
WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with occasional showers. High: 47. Wind: E 6-12. Rain: 30%.