FIRST ALERT: Widespread rain & storms for Thursday
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - First Alert AccuTrack Satellite and Radar this evening has been lighting up with batches of rain and storms lifting northeast across central Alabama. Although the severe threat is low, make sure you have your phone on loud and your WBRC First Alert Weather app set to send alerts in case an isolated warning is issued. Otherwise, expect a mild and muggy night with breezy conditions and a cloudy sky.
Thursday will bring another low-end risk for a few strong to severe storms as any rain moves across the state. So, isolated, damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, and frequent lightning will be the main concerns for Thursday. Even outside of any thunderstorms, winds could easily gust up to 30 MPH tomorrow. Localized flooding could be an issue with any slow-moving lines of storms, and an additional 2-3 inches of rain will be possible through tomorrow night. With plenty of cloud cover and wet weather around, highs will hold steady in the 70s.
Widespread rain should come to an end by late Thursday as a cold front sweeps across Alabama. This will usher in a dose of drier and more comfortable air that will be around for Memorial Day Weekend. For Friday, expect some lingering clouds and a possibility for isolated, light rain showers wrapping around the backside of the storm system in north Alabama. Otherwise, a dry and breezy day with partly sunny skies and highs in the 70s. The cooler air filtering in will also drop morning lows into the 50s through at least Sunday. If you’re staying close to home for the holiday weekend and plan on being outdoors, the weather will be fantastic! Abundant sunshine, cool mornings, and warm afternoons in the 80s. Rain chances look next to none.
Eventually, humidity will be on the rise again around Memorial Day, setting us up fittingly for some summer-like weather -- since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, of course! Highs will range from the upper 80s and lower 90s under a mix of sun and clouds with a chance of pop-up storms back in the forecast by the middle of next week.
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