HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Expect some thin high clouds to move into the Tennessee Valley overnight tonight as our winds become more southerly and our next system approaches. The cloud cover that does develop combined with the southerly winds should keep temperatures from falling much lower than the upper 20s and lower 30s. A warm night compared to the last few.
Thursday will see a continual increase in cloud cover and winds that will remain southerly. This southerly wind will help our temperatures to climb into the mid and upper 50s. The warmest air we have seen since last Sunday where many made it into the 60s.
After the lunch hour, you'll really notice that wind and not because it's going to be warm, but because that wind will be sustained at 15-20 mph with wind gusts 25-30 mph. The good news is that it doesn't create a wind chill. This increase in wind speed is directly related to a cold front that will move towards the Tennessee Valley Thursday afternoon.
It does look like we'll remain dry through a good majority of Thursday afternoon. I think many of us may actually remain dry until after 5:00 PM. After that, we could see some scattered showers begin to move in with more widespread rain moving in as the cold front passes. This widespread rain and wind will not stick around very long with many of us drying out by 3:00 AM or 4:00 AM Friday morning.
The rest of Friday morning and afternoon look to be dry.
rain totals look to be anywhere between 0.25 inches and 0.50 inches. It's not a lot of rain, but it is rain we could actually use. So far we have not started February 2021 like we did February 2020 or February 2019.