North Alabama wraps a wall-to-wall sunny workweek Friday with afternoon highs near or above 70. Friday morning will start with lows near 40 which is about 10 degrees warmer than lows just a couple of days ago. Expect highs in the low 70s this weekend with increasing clouds by Sunday afternoon.
We continue to keep a close eye on the long term forecast and what we can expect heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. Two separate systems will make their way through North Alabama next week. The first will be a quick hitting cold front that arrives Sunday night. A few spotty showers are possible after sunset Sunday and perhaps into Monday morning. Rainfall totals appear light and most of us will be dry by Monday afternoon. This cold front will bring much cooler temperatures with it. Highs on Monday struggle to reach 60.
By Tuesday night, a second cold front will be approaching the area. This front appears to be stronger and could bring more widespread rain to the area Tuesday night and through much of Wednesday. This will likely cause travel impacts for those with plans for the Thanksgiving holiday. A few thunderstorms are also possible Wednesday, but we are not concerned about severe weather at this time. Rainfall totals have also increased, with many spots expecting around a half inch to one inch of rain over the next seven days. Locally higher amounts closer to an inch and a half are also possible. Be sure to stay with WAAY 31 for updates as we continue to fine tune the forecast. If there's any good news, it appears as though Thanksgiving Day itself looks quiet next Thursday.