Saturday, February 22, 2020
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson/Meteorologist Alex Puckett
Two sunny days in a row? Sunny Saturday, more rain by Sunday
Dry Saturday, more rain possible on Sunday
Saturday starts cold and dry but it ends up rather nice in the afternoon! Temperatures rise from the mid-20s to the mid-50s with a light southwest wind and a fair sky.
Clouds thicken some Saturday night into Sunday morning, and it won’t get quite as cold (lows in the 30s).
Sunday’s chance of showers is mainly in the afternoon and evening; even then, it’s a low chance of relatively light rainfall. The clouds and showers level off the warm-up Sunday afternoon: highs only in the lower/middle 50s.
More rain Sunday night and Monday
With eight days left in meteorological winter, Huntsville International is having the fifth-wettest winter season on record: 25.24″ of rain so far.
Last winter’s 30.58″ was the #1 wettest on record. We aren’t likely to move up the list much in the next week, but there is more rain coming. A wave of showers Sunday night looks light, but the rain coming in on Monday will be somewhat heavier.
We’re expecting around 0.5″ to 1.0″ of rainfall through next Friday. Most of that comes on Monday ahead of a strong cold front.
Behind that, there’s another batch of moisture that will lead to some rain showers Wednesday, and we might see things change over to a rain/snow mix Wednesday into Thursday. Total precipitation in that time frame looks to be around a tenth of an inch or less. Whatever falls will come down in an environment that is cold but not frigid; temperatures are likely above freezing for the duration of any snow next week.
Friday marked 1,822 days since the last 1.0″ (or greater) snowfall in Huntsville. It’s very likely that we’re going to add at least 280 or more days to that with no significant snow on the horizon for Huntsville.
Colder again next week
We get a small warm-up on Monday and Tuesday: highs close to 60ºF, lows in the 40s/50s.
The next front brings in some modified Arctic air on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday keeping it colder than average through the end of the month.
Colder weather generally means drier weather! Expect less rain and a greater opportunity to dry things out a little through the first few days of March. That doesn’t mean NO rain! We’d normally see around 1.0″ to 1.2″ of rain per week this time of year; this may be closer to a 0.5″ to 1.0″ total rainfall through the first of March.
Tennessee Valley Forecast
SATURDAY: Sunny early, partly cloudy in the afternoon. Not quite as cold, but a little below average for late February. Highs in the mid-50s. Wind: SW 3-9.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and chilly. Overnight lows near freezing. Wind: SW 3-5.
SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of some showers in the afternoon and evening; a better chance of rain overnight into Monday. Highs in the lower 50s. Wind: SW 7-12.
MONDAY: Cloudy with off and on heavy rain showers. Highs around 60ºF. Up to 1″ of rainfall possible. Wind: SW 15-25.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy in the morning with some leftover showers possible. Becoming partly to mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the mid-50s. Wind: WNW 7-12.
WEDNESDAY: Cloudy, breezy and colder! Some rain showers transitioning to snow showers possible. Highs in the low-40s. Wind: NW 15-25.
THURSDAY: A hard freeze in the morning; mostly cloudy and chilly in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Wind: NW 15-25.
FRIDAY: Fair and cold early, cooler than average in the afternoon. Highs in the 40s. Wind: NW 7-12.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy; a stray shower is possible. Highs in the 40s. Wind: NNW 7-12.