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FIRST ALERT: 30% chance for rain, storms across west Alabama tonight

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 5:10 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 3:25 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We are tracking isolated showers and storms skirting a few counties in west Alabama. The air to the west of I-65 remains very humid, meanwhile it’s the opposite to the east. Widely scattered showers and storms are expected to continue to form this evening across west Alabama. A strong wind or hail producer can’t be ruled out, especially with the storms that form in Mississippi. Best chance between 7PM-1AM. Skies locally have been hazy from wildfire smoke all the way from New Mexico which has been resulting in beautiful sunrises and sunsets. If you have a pretty view of the almost reddish looking sun, please share it with us via the app.

Dry to start tomorrow and a few degrees cooler thanks to drier air moving in from the east. Lows in the lower to middle 60s. High temperatures will range from the upper 70s/lower 80s to the east and lower to middle 80s to the west. The chance for a shower is only 10% and the weather should cooperate for any of the many outdoor events occurring. Winds will continue from the east tomorrow at 5-10 mph.

Models continue to indicate scattered showers and storms forming late Saturday afternoon and into the evening hours, especially across west Alabama. Models are hinting at the activity now tracking instead of north to south but rather northwest to southeast which means areas even near I-65 need to be on guard. Pay attention to changing sky conditions, and any alert you might receive via the WBRC First Alert Weather app. Main threats will be heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, and gusty winds. Highs in the 80s.

Sunday is shaping up to be mostly dry and very warm. Morning temperatures are forecast to start in the mid 60s with highs in the upper 80s. A few spots in west Alabama could approach 90°F. We will hold on to a 20% chance for an isolated storm, but most of us will end up dry and hot. Cloud cover is forecast to move in late in the day with a slightly better chance for widely scattered showers and storms Sunday night into Monday morning.

Total Lunar Eclipse Sunday Night: Don’t forget to view the total lunar eclipse Sunday night! It’ll begin around 8:30 PM with the total eclipse occurring around 11 PM. The moon will turn a reddish hue around this time. Cloud cover could be an issue as rain chances could go up around 20-30% with a partly cloudy to a mostly cloudy sky. If you view the eclipse, make sure you take pictures and submit them to the WBRC First Alert Weather app! We would love to share them on television Monday.

Models continue to show a summer-like pattern persisting next week. Morning temperatures will likely start out in the 60s with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s for most of next week. Rain chances remain isolated at 10-20% each day. You’ll likely need to water the yard/garden over the next 5-7 days. Our best rain chances over the next seven days will likely occur Saturday evening and Sunday night into Monday morning.

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