FIRST ALERT: Storms moving through Alabama overnight
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Rain and thunderstorms are on the approach to west Alabama with severe warnings ongoing across Mississippi. Despite these warnings in place, we have noted a weakening trend with the storms as they move eastward, also losing some steam with the sun going down.
Though overall severe risk still looks low, the greater chances of seeing a strong storm will still be across northwest Alabama.
Make sure you have a loud enough to wake you up IF you’ll be trying to sleep through it. Make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio that can wake you up in case a warning is issued and the WBRC First Alert Weather app. Storms will be capable of producing wind gusts over 40 mph and potentially up to 60 mph. Tree limbs or trees could easily come down and potentially knock down powerlines so prepare for potential outages. Spin up tornadoes are possible too. Storms will move into west Alabama by 9 PM CDT and exit east Alabama by 5 AM CDT, if not sooner.
A Wind Advisory is in effect for north Alabama and counties west of I-65 and north of I-20 until 1AM CDT. Plan for possible, spotty power outages from the non-thunderstorm wind gusts up to 35 mph. So, not a bad idea to secure any loose outdoor items like patio furniture or plants before you turn in this evening.
Most of Thursday is looking dry with decreasing cloud cover. We will likely start tomorrow morning off with temperatures in the mid 50s with a mostly cloudy sky. Parts of northwest Alabama could cool into the lower 50s. We are forecasting a mostly sunny sky Thursday afternoon with highs in the mid 70s. Winds will be out of the northwest tomorrow at 5-10 mph. It should be a beautiful afternoon.
Friday is shaping up to be out best day to spend time outdoors. We’ll start the morning off chilly with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. We should warm up nicely Friday afternoon with highs in the upper 70s. Some spots south of I-20 could end up in the lower 80s. We should see a mostly sunny sky Friday. Cloud cover could increase Friday evening as our next storm begins to move in from the west.
Our Next Big Thing is the return to a wet weather pattern this weekend. Another disturbance to our west will likely spread showers and some embedded thunderstorms into Central Alabama Friday night into Saturday. It looks like we will see a couple of storm complexes moving through on Saturday and another round on Easter Sunday. Severe threat over the weekend looks low but not zero, strong storms will be capable of producing frequent lightning, heavy rainfall, and gusty winds. The tornado threat would be very low in this setup as wind shear looks limited. Plan for a 60% chance for scattered showers and storms Saturday with highs in the mid 70s. Alabama A-Day game Saturday may have some spotty showers or storms to deal with, so you might want to grab a poncho if you plan on attending the spring game in Tuscaloosa at 2 PM. More rain on Easter Sunday but not a washout all day.
Another cold front is forecast to move through Central Alabama Sunday night into Monday morning giving us a chance for scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. We’ll hold on to a 40% chance for rain and storms Monday in east Alabama. Temperatures will likely remain a few degrees below average Monday with highs in the lower 70s. We could trend a little cooler next Tuesday morning with lows in the mid 40s. Next Tuesday and Wednesday is looking dry and comfortable with highs in the low to mid 70s.
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