Sunday Morning, March 29, 2015
Meteorologist Jake Reed
A mild afternoon after a morning freeze Sunday
The freeze warning in effect for the Tennessee Valley has expired. A light wind coupled with a clear sky allowed temperatures to fall into the middle and upper 20s with frost Sunday morning. Expect temperatures to rise above freezing around 8 a.m. The center of the cold spring airmass slides off to the east of us today, producing a south wind and milder afternoon temperatures. Sunday’s highs will reach the lower 60s.
Dry weather is expected today, but some high clouds may drift overhead from time to time ahead of the next cold front. The cold front will push through before sunrise Monday, with a decent band of rain associated with it. Temperatures continue warming through the week, peaking Wednesday through Friday when we will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s ahead of the next strong front.
Rain early Monday morning: The first of two fronts this week arrives before sunrise Monday morning, accompanied by a decent band of rain. The front will not impact temperatures much, and rain amounts should average between 0.25″ and 0.50″. It’s possible a few showers may arrive in the Shoals after dark Sunday evening, but the better rain chances should hold off until after midnight for most of us.
Very warm, unsettled this week: We use the term ‘unsettled’ to characterize this week’s weather. While no one day appears to be a washout, there may not be a full 24-hour period of dry weather within the next seven days. The initial round of rain clears by late Monday morning, but a chance of scattered showers remains in the forecast Tuesday through Saturday, with the best opportunity for widespread rain coming Thursday through early Saturday. Low 70s return Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday through Friday look very warm. Upper 70s to near 80 degree readings are possible all three days before cooler weather returns for next weekend (although we do not expect it to be as chilly as we have been this weekend).
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, milder and breezy at times with a few afternoon clouds. High: 62. Wind: SSE 6-12.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Breezy with increasing clouds. Rain and storms arrive after midnight and last through Monday morning. Low: 49. Rain: 20% (before midnight)
MONDAY: Early-morning rain clearing by late morning. High: 68. Wind: N 5. Rain: 60% (before 10am).
TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers possible. High: 72. Wind: S 5-10. Rain: 30%.
WEDNESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and storms possible. High: 75. Wind: S 10-15. Rain: 30%.
THURSDAY: Breezy, warm and humid. Showers and thunderstorms possible. High: 78. Wind: SSW 10-20. Rain: 20%.
FRIDAY: Rain and thunderstorms likely. High: 74. Wind: SW 10-17. Rain: 50%.