The drought across northern Alabama and southern Tennessee is worsening. The latest drought monitor shows the drought expanding as expected. There is a slight chance for rain heading into the weekend, but it won't provide much relief at all.
Look for a mix of sun and clouds across the Valley today with more and thicker clouds north and west…more sunshine east and south. We’ll warm up quickly this morning and highs should push into the low-to-mid 80s once again.
Winds will turn to more of a northerly direction this afternoon, but mostly cloudy skies tonight should offset any cooler air as a result of that wind shift. Lows will bottom out in the mid 50s. Look for mostly cloudy skies Friday.
Today’s cold front should stall just south of the Valley. As a weather disturbance rides along that front, scattered rain showers may develop late Friday morning. The best odds for seeing any rain would be west of I-65 during the early/mid-afternoon.
Rain chances are lower east of I-65.
Highs should make it into the upper 70s. We may get into the lower 80s farther east where rain chances are lower…also it will be cooler where any rain is falling. A few isolated showers may hang on into the evening hours…so some HS football games could be impacted.
Temperatures should hold in the 60s for Friday evening. We’ll start Saturday with mostly cloudy skies, but the clouds should diminish by the late afternoon. Highs will be near 80° this weekend, but will be warmer next week.
We’ll get into the mid 80s Mon-Wed ahead of a stronger cold front. Rain/storm chances will increase across the Valley for the latter half of next week. Cooler conditions can be expected by the weekend.
-Meteorologist David Ernst