Monday, January 31, 2011

Wild weather week ahead !

Expect on a slight chance for a shower today and tonight with highs around 70. Tuesday is when things start to get interesting ! A strong cold front will push through the state during the day and evening, arriving in our area Tuesday night. We can expect heavy rain and possible severe storms on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Late Tuesday night the strong front sweeps through followed by much colder weather. The colder weather will last into Friday and several systems are supposed to move through the area during that time. These systems could cause freezing rain late Thursday night and light snow late Friday night which could last into early Saturday morning. Of course these features are several days out and the forecasts could change quite a bit. My advice is to stay tuned ! Rex

Friday, January 28, 2011

Don't put the coats away just yet !

We are in for some delightful weather today and Saturday with sunny skies and highs in the 60s. Clear skies tonight will be the rule with temps in the upper 30s. As we get into the Sunday time frame we will see an increase in clouds with a 50% chance for some rain with highs in the 60s. Things begin to get really interesting next week as temps will be in the lower 70s on Monday!!!! Then, a very potent weather system is set to approach the area by Tuesday bringing with it the possibility of severe weather and heavy rain. Temps will be in the 60s on that day. After the system passes through we will see temps begin to fall into the 50s for highs on Wednesday and then in the 40s on Thursday. The air is forecast to be of Arctic nature, but we are unsure at this time of how far south it will plunge. The further south it goes, the colder it will get here by late next week-so- don't put those coats away just yet ! Have a great weekend ! Rex

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Enjoy the slightly warmer temps-they might not last long !

Although today will be sunny and cool with highs in the mid 50s, the next six days or so will be a little warmer. So far, we are having a colder than normal winter and it appears that by the middle of next week, yet another blast of cold Arctic air will invade the south. Snow lovers, don't give up just yet !! Much of February and even March may see temps below normal and with the projected storm paths, all it takes is cold air being in the right place at the right time for us to see a wintry weather setup. Rex

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rain on the way !

Low pressure is forming off the Texas coast and will begin moving towards the east and northeast and that will spread a shield of rain into our area beginning this afternoon. The rain should be mostly light in nature before becoming steadily heavier after midnight. There may be one or two rumbles of thunder after midnight as well but no severe weather is forecast at this time. After the system moves east of us on Tuesday clearing will begin Tuesday night and sunny and cool conditions will prevail Wednesday through Friday. Partly cloudy skies on Saturday with highs around 61 and a slight chance for rain on Sunday with highs around 60. Although temps will fall into the the 30s Wednesday through Sunday for overnight lows, no terribly cold air is forecast to return until possibly sometime next week. Rex

Friday, January 21, 2011

No end in sight to the cold !

It's looks like the winter of 2010-11 is going down in the record books as one of the coldest for the nation since the 80s ! At this time there appears to be little change in the forecast of continued below normal temps here in the deep south through at least mid February and possibly lasting on into March. As I stated in my post Thursday, it still appears like there may be several chances of wintry weather problems down the line. As I learn more I will pass the information along. Rex

No end in sight to the cold !

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Winter that Was !

When the winter forecast was issued last fall for the south, it appeared that the weather patterns were setting things up so that we would have above normal temps and below normal precipitation, after all, it was based on a La Nina winter pattern weather which generally favors those conditions for the southern portion of the United States when that type of pattern is present. Well, so far that has not been the case at all. It now appears that the colder than normal weather will stay with us on into March ! There is even the possibility that we have yet to see the worst of the cold!!! Also, there appears to be a possibility of several snow and or ice events as well. That's what I love about the weather- it is such a misunderstood procees and not an exact science. The best thing to do is to , as I have often said at the end of my blogs, STAY TUNED !!! Rex

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two cold fronts this week.

Two cold fronts will make it through the area this week. The first one will arrive this evening and will be followed by some cooler air, but nothing drastic. The second, stronger front will arrive Thursday night and will be followed by a quick shot of Arctic air that will last Friday through the weekend. How is the rest of the winter shaping up? Well, it appears that cooler than normal conditions could last into March. Will we see a few snow opportunites? I think so !!! Stay tuned. Rex

Friday, January 14, 2011

Warmer for the weekend!

Fianlly, the Arctic grip is letting go of our weather. As the huge dome of cold air slides east, we will see an increase in temps, as well as an increase in moisture that will bring a chance of rain to the area Sunday afternoon in the Tuesday. Highs through that period will be in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Another cold front will slide through by Wednesday resulting in cooler weather, but not nearly as cold as it has been in the last few days. I will have more on February weather thoughts next week. Have a great weekend. Rex

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Arctic Blast Arrives !!!

Very cold Arctic air is now entering our area and will persist through at least Friday. Hard freezes are likely tonight through Friday night. We will see a slight warm up over the weekend before another blast of Arctic air arrives next week and there are indications that it may be even colder !! Also, there is the possibility of more than one blast of cold air. We will be looking down the line for some winter weather issues. Nothing on the board at this point but with the weather being as cold as it has been and forecasted to be, something could come along and give us a wintry suprise. Stay warm !!! Rex

Monday, January 10, 2011

More cold to come next week !

We will get a brake from the very cold temps over the upcoming weekend- but that will not last long as yet another Arctic blast is getting ready to invade the deep south by next week. There are indications in the long range forecasts that the rest of the month will be cold with possibly a few more opportunites for more wintry weather. As I always say, Stay tuned !!! Rex

Cold week in store !

The National Weather Service has the viewing area under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon today but I expect very few problems as precip returns on the radar are slim to none. We will see a slow decrease in the cloud cover late this afternoon with highs remaining in the mid 40s. Lows tonight with be in the lower 30s. A new blast of colder air will arrive by Tuesday and that will result in highs through Thursday in the mid 40s and lows each night in the lower 20s. A little warmer weather will begin by Saturday and Sunday with highs rising into the 50s. There will be a slight chance for showers over the weekend as well. Another cold front may bring colder weather again early next week. Rex

Friday, January 7, 2011

Uncertain forecast for the weekend !

A strong low pressure area is forecast to cross the northern gulf on Sunday and Sunday night. At this time it appears the best chance for frozen precip will be over our northern counties and further northward. There are many things that could easily change this forecast. If the low tracks further south in the gulf and colder air gets into place, then the entire viewing area could end up seeing a significant winter weather event. At the least a cold rain is forecast for Sunday and Sunday night but this could easily transition into a winter storm in the form of freezing rain, sleet or snow-or a mixture of all of it. Please stay tuned to WDAM-TV and for the latest weather forecasts. I quite frankly think we will not escape this event without seeing some type of frozen precip in the area. Stay tuned !!! Rex

Thursday, January 6, 2011


There is no question as we go into next week the weather is going to turn much colder. How much colder ? Well the models are coming into better agreement but it is still too early to tell but do be prepared for some cold days and very cold nights. Now the other intersting side of the story. A storm system off the coast of California will begin to work it's way east soon and will arrive in our neck of the woods Sunday into Sunday night. Here is the deal. If there is enough cold air in place and the low tracks south of our area then we may see a serious winter storm ! Models indicate that there will be enough moisture in the air to provide 1-2 inces of rain or more. That's fine if it falls in temps above freezing but if it occurs in below freezing temps that could result in ice and sleet accumulations of 1 half inch to an inch and that would be bad. On the other hand if the temps are cold enough through all of the air columns then the precip would fall as snow resulting in an amazing 5-15 inches of SNOW!!! WOW!!! I am urging you to keep abreast of every forecast that comes from this station over the next few days. I will take care of the morning forecasts, Nick will have the evening updates and Kelly will have the weekends. Who knows, we may all end up here if it really gets serious !!! Please keep in mind this forecast is still evloving and many differant soloutions are possible. I urge you to keep up with every forecast for the next several days. Rex

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A lesson on weather models.

Next week is going to be cold ! Please be prepared for it ! The current weather models are notorious for not being able to predict shallow, cold air masses and I think this is the case for the expected temps around here next week. Please keep in mind as we get closer to the weekend, the models will begin to latch on to the expected cold, so don't be suprised if it turns out to be colder than what is currently being advertised in our seven day forecast. Stay tuned ! Rex

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


For about the next week to ten days we are going to basically see normal to slightly below normal temps in our area but all the major forecast models are indicating that by mid month-say around the 12th through the 20th- a huge mass of Siberian air will invade much of the nation including the deep south. There are hints at some type of winter weather event or two with this outbreak of cold air. Could it mean snow or possibly and ice storm for us ? Well it is much too early to tell at this point but I urge everyone to pay very close attention to the weather over the next two weeks. One forecast model that I saw yesterday indicated lows in our area of around 10 degrees with highs in the 20s on or near the 18th of January. Please keep in mind that this is a long range forecast that is apt to change but all indications are there of some really interesting weather headed our way down the line. I will keep you updated on this event as each day unfolds with newer information. BBRRR!!! Rex