1:40 PM | *”Beast from the East”…upper-level pattern changes to bring extreme cold from Siberia westward into Europe…these same changes to bring colder pattern back to the US and potential nor'easter*

1:40 PM | *”Beast from the East”…upper-level pattern changes to bring extreme cold from Siberia westward into Europe…these same changes to bring colder pattern back to the US and potential nor'easter*

There has been a major stratospheric warming event over the past couple of weeks with a displacement of the polar vortex to lower latitudes and over the next several days a significant high-latitude blocking event will unfold leading to way above normal heights over places like Greenland and northeastern Canada.  These large-scale atmospheric events are having an impact on weather patterns all across the Northern Hemisphere. They will be contributing factors to the extreme cold that is about to invade Europe from the east (Siberia) and to a cold pattern that looks like it will develop across much of the US during March which may feature a nor'easter during the transition period late next week.

7:00 AM | An 80 degree day to end the work week

7:00 AM | An 80 degree day to end the work week

The work week will end on a warm and dry note with afternoon highs not far from the 80 degree mark in northern Alabama.  A wave of low pressure will approach later tonight and generate a good chance of showers as we begin the weekend, maybe a thunderstorm or two.  It’ll stay unsettled early next week with additional waves likely impacting the region with the chance for showers in the Tennessee Valley.

7:00 AM | Another damp and chilly day to end the work week...it turns milder this weekend, but remains quite wet

7:00 AM | Another damp and chilly day to end the work week...it turns milder this weekend, but remains quite wet

Areas of low pressure will push from the southwest-to-northeast over the next few days and this will continue our threat for rain right through the upcoming weekend.  Today will be another rather chilly day – especially when compared to the warmth of earlier this week – but it’ll turn milder this weekend although the rain threat will continue.  High pressure should finally build across the area in the early part of next week.  By the end of next week, we may have to deal with a storm system near the Mid-Atlantic coastline.

7:00 AM | Another damp and chilly day to end the work week...turns milder this weekend, but remains wet

7:00 AM | Another damp and chilly day to end the work week...turns milder this weekend, but remains wet

Areas of low pressure will push from the southwest-to-northeast over the next few days and this will continue our threat for rain right through the upcoming weekend.  Today will be another rather chilly day – especially when compared to the warmth of earlier this week – but it’ll turn noticeably milder this weekend although the threat of rain will continue.  High pressure will try to build across the area in the early part of next week, but we'll have to monitor another wave of low pressure that could throw additional showers our way late Monday.  By the end of next week, we may have to deal with a storm system near the Mid-Atlantic coastline.

7:00 AM | Strong high pressure over the western Atlantic continues to be the dominant player around here

7:00 AM | Strong high pressure over the western Atlantic continues to be the dominant player around here

Strong high pressure over the western Atlantic remains the dominant player for central Florida and it produce generally dry, warm conditions with a stiff ocean breeze at times.  Temperatures over the next few days will make a run at 80 degrees for highs and although showers cannot be ruled out, most of the time will be rain-free.

7:00 AM | Another wet, chilly day as we end the work week...it'll turn milder this weekend, but with soaking rain

7:00 AM | Another wet, chilly day as we end the work week...it'll turn milder this weekend, but with soaking rain

Areas of low pressure will push from the southwest-to-northeast over the next few days and this will continue our threat for rain right through the upcoming weekend.  Today will be another rather chilly day – especially when compared to the warmth of earlier this week – but it’ll turn milder this weekend although the rain threat will continue.  High pressure should finally build across the area in the early part of next week.  By the end of next week, we may have to deal with a storm system near the Mid-Atlantic coastline. 

12:05 PM | *Interesting pattern to unfold near the east coast at the end of next week*

12:05 PM | *Interesting pattern to unfold near the east coast at the end of next week*

Record-warmth has been swept away from the Mid-Atlantic region by an overnight passage of a cold frontal system and the next couple of days will stay on the chilly side with occasional rain or drizzle. The weekend will feature milder conditions although still on the wet side and then much of next week looks relatively mild for this time of year.  By the end of next week; however, important changes will be taking place to the overall upper-level pattern across North America.  A deep upper-level trough of low pressure will begin to retrograde (i.e., move from east-to-west) to the east coast at the same time strong high-latitude blocking forms over northeastern Canada and Greenland. The ultimate result is likely to be a strong storm near the east coast at the end of next week and with colder air potentially wrapping into the system, accumulating snow may very well become a real threat in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region and Northeast US by the first weekend of March.

7:00 AM | *We'll stay quite warm today and there is the threat for strong-to-severe thunderstorms across northern Alabama*

7:00 AM | *We'll stay quite warm today and there is the threat for strong-to-severe thunderstorms across northern Alabama*

It’ll stay quite warm over the next several days as a cool shot of air will stay primarily to our north.  Highs today and on Friday should be in the upper 70’s, but there will also be a shot at showers and thunderstorms in the Tennessee Valley and some of the storms can reach strong-to-severe levels.  It’ll stay unsettled this weekend and turn slightly cooler, but still quite acceptable for this time of year.

7:00 AM | *Much colder today following cold frontal passage...daily chance of rain or drizzle right through the upcoming weekend...some sleet and/or freezing rain can mix in late today/tonight*

7:00 AM | *Much colder today following cold frontal passage...daily chance of rain or drizzle right through the upcoming weekend...some sleet and/or freezing rain can mix in late today/tonight*

Our record-breaking warmth has been swept away by a strong cold front and temperatures today and Friday will be noticeably colder with highs generally confined to the 40’s as compared with the balmy 70’s of the past couple of days.  A series of low pressure systems will travel from southwest-to-northeast over the next few days and we’ll have the chance for rain or drizzle on a daily basis right through the upcoming weekend.  There can be some sleet mixed in late today and through the night in areas just to the north and west of the metro area and some of the rain may freeze on untreated surfaces. The weekend will turn milder with high temperatures likely to reach well into the 50’s on each day. 

7:00 AM | *Much colder today following frontal passage...daily shot at some rain or drizzle right through the weekend*

7:00 AM | *Much colder today following frontal passage...daily shot at some rain or drizzle right through the weekend*

Our record-breaking warmth has been swept away by a strong cold front and temperatures today and Friday will be noticeably colder with highs generally confined to the 40’s as compared with the balmy 70’s of the past couple of days.  A series of low pressure systems will travel from southwest-to-northeast over the next few days and we’ll have the chance for rain or drizzle on a daily basis right through the upcoming weekend.  The weekend, however, will turn milder with high temperatures likely to reach into the 50’s on Saturday and perhaps near 60 degrees on Sunday.