FIRST ALERT: Strong storms at times on Tuesday & Wednesday

First Alert Weather 9p Update: 4-3-22
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 6:42 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 3, 2022 at 9:44 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Couldn’t ask for a better sunny Sunday across Alabama! Soak up the sun while it’s around though. Even though we’ll still have a mostly sunny sky for tomorrow, our Next Big Thing -- a transition to a more unsettled weather pattern -- looms for Tuesday and Wednesday. In the meantime, expect mostly clear skies tonight with lows falling into the 40s. Highs will climb into the upper 70s tomorrow as southeast winds bring a dose of milder air into central Alabama.

NEXT BIG THING: Widespread rain and storms will move in for the Tuesday morning commute as a warm front lifts northward from the Gulf of Mexico. Wet weather looks like more of a guarantee during the morning hours, but there is still some uncertainty on whether we could see storms pop-up again during the afternoon on Tuesday. The better ingredients for severe weather will be across the southern half of Alabama (Level 2 out of 5 risk), where isolated tornadoes are more likely Tuesday morning. Though our area is under a Level 1/5 risk, we could still see isolated strong to severe storms embedded within the incoming rain that could have a gusty wind or brief tornado threat. 1-3 inches of rain will be possible, so we have a First Alert for wet roads at least on Tuesday morning. Y’all know the drill: if you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around, don’t drown! We will keep you posted on whether we see a possibility of additional storms during the afternoon hours. The severe threat is conditional with this system, so not a guarantee. But certainly worth keeping an eye on!

FIRST ALERT: Strong storms at times on Tuesday & Wednesday
FIRST ALERT: Strong storms at times on Tuesday & Wednesday(WBRC)

WEDNESDAY STORMS: The next storm system will bring a strong cold front across Alabama Wednesday night. Out ahead of it, some scattered showers and storms could fire up during the afternoon with greater rain chances during the evening hours. Though an isolated tornado threat is possible with this system, damaging winds and large hail look to be the more likely threats if any storms can get going. Just as with the Tuesday system, the potential for severe weather with this round of storms is also conditional. Rain to our south could prevent some of the more unstable air from migrating northward, keeping the risk on the lower end. Even with the uncertainty though, make sure you have a reliable way to receive weather alerts (like the WBRC First Alert Weather App) and that you’re at least paying attention to the weather mid-week.

FIRST ALERT: Strong storms at times on Tuesday & Wednesday
FIRST ALERT: Strong storms at times on Tuesday & Wednesday(WBRC)

Any rain and storms should come to an end by midnight, as cooler and drier air filters into Alabama. Thursday will still be on the breezy side with lows in the upper 40s and highs in the upper 60s with more sunshine. An upper-level disturbance will bring more clouds across central Alabama on Friday and Saturday, preventing highs from getting any warmer than the 50s. The forecast looks mainly dry, but we will mention a 10% chance or less of a stray shower across north and east Alabama Thursday through Saturday. Lows will go from the 40s on Friday down into the 30s over the weekend. We have a First Alert for the possibility of at least frost if not a light freeze in some of our northern spots and higher elevations for Saturday and Sunday mornings. So, keep a close eye on any tweaks in the temperature forecast if you have any susceptible plants or crops. The end of next week looks sunny again but with highs running below average in the 60s.


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