FIRST ALERT: Dense fog overnight; More strong to severe storms possible Friday

Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 5:52 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2022 at 9:28 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Showers and storms continue to diminish this evening, but low visibility will be a concern overnight. A dense fog advisory will be in effect until 9AM tomorrow morning for visibilities less than a quarter mile.

After all of the rainy and stormy weather today, expect big improvements for St. Patrick’s Day, with the return of sunshine, and highs in the 70s.

The next big thing is another rain and storm maker for Friday. A large area of rain and storms looks to reach west Alabama after 5AM Friday. The I-65 corridor looks wet by 7 to 8 AM. The activity will reach east Alabama by 9 to 10 AM. Rainfall amounts during the morning could easily exceed 1″, especially west, so more localized flooding can’t be ruled out. Severe storms will be possible early on, especially across south Alabama. The main concern will be damaging straight-line winds.

The cold front associated with this system could still spark a few late afternoon/early evening storms as temperatures recover. If we do see an isolated severe storm later in the day, we’ll need to monitor for hail, strong winds, and a risk for isolated tornadoes. Temperatures will warm into the upper 60s and lower 70s. There are still questions regarding how the morning round of storms could impact the setup later in the day; however, stay weather alert on Friday, and be sure to check-in for updates. We will know a lot more once storms move through Friday morning. The threat will end Friday night as a cold front crosses the area, giving us drier and cooler conditions.

The weekend forecast looks superb from here and all the way down to the coast. A little chilly in the morning hours, with 40s and some upper 30s but in the middle 60s on Saturday afternoon and nearing the lower 70s on Sunday afternoon. If you are planning to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, dress for some sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. Dry weather looks to prevail through Monday along with highs in the lower 70s.

We are watching next Tuesday night into Wednesday closely for possible severe storms. It remains way too early to determine the exact impacts and timing. We should know a lot more about next Tuesday/Wednesday’s severe setup over the weekend. We have moved into the stormy spring pattern, so from now through April, each big storm system will need to be closely monitored. Please keep up with this evolving forecast while on the go via the WBRC First Alert Weather app.

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