RADAR CHECK: Widespread rain continues over much of Alabama this afternoon…generally north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Eufaula. The rain is north of a warm front positioned over the southern part of the state; south of the warm front, temperatures are in the 70s, but north of the front where the rain is falling, readings are between 47 and 55 degrees.
The front will move north tonight and the rain will taper off from the south.
TOMORROW: Although a few showers are possible, much of the morning should be dry with afternoon temperatures reaching the 70s. Then the northern front will move south again, setting the stage for strong to severe thunderstorms tomorrow evening. The SPC maintains a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms for areas west of a line from Huntsville to Jasper to Aliceville. A “marginal risk” (level 1/5) extends as far east as Fort Payne, Alabaster and Thomasville.
TIME: The window for strong to severe thunderstorms is approximately 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. tomorrow.
THREATS: Stronger storms may produce large hail, strong winds and a few isolated tornadoes. The highest tornado probabilities are for the “slight hazard” area of northern and western Alabama.
RAIN: About an inch more rain amounts are likely late tomorrow and tomorrow evening. NWS Huntsville has issued a flash flood watch for the Tennessee Valley counties north of Alabama.
As always, make sure you can hear severe weather warnings in case they are needed.
WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: A complex pattern continues. There will be some chance of scattered showers on Wednesday and Thursday, but the rain will not be particularly heavy or widespread. The high on Wednesday will be in the upper 60s, followed by the mid to upper 70s on Thursday. A few spots could hit 80 degrees Thursday afternoon for the first time this year.
Then the front will push south again with rain and thunderstorms likely late Thursday evening through Friday morning. For now, the overall risk of severe weather appears low; additional 1 inch rainfall amounts are expected with this cycle. Then, Friday will be much colder with a maximum of around 48 to 52 degrees. Some releases are possible on Friday afternoon.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Much of Saturday will be dry and cool with some possible sunshine…. the maximum will be in the 50s. More rain is likely Saturday evening as another wave moves along the front to the south. Then on Sunday expect clear skies with highs around 50.
NEXT WEEK: So far, much of the week looks dry with temperatures around 5-10 degrees lower than average most days… Watch the Weather Xtreme video for maps, charts and more details .
ON THIS DATE IN 1971: A tornado outbreak occurred in the Delta region of northeast Louisiana and Mississippi. The first significant tornado touched down around 2:50 p.m. in Louisiana and crossed the Mississippi. 46 were killed by this tornado, which hit the cities of Delhi and Inverness. 121 people lost their lives that day, including 110 in Mississippi. A total of 1,600 people were injured, 900 houses seriously damaged or destroyed. The total loss was around $19 million.
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