FIRST ALERT: Isolated storms possible overnight
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We are still tracking some storms on First Alert AccuTrack tonight as a cluster moves northwest across I-85 from the Chattahoochee Valley in west Georgia and east Alabama. A First Alert for Tallapoosa, Randolph, Chambers, and Clay Counties for the potential for heavy rain and intense lightning over the next hour or so. These storms should eventually fizzle out, and the rest of us should stay mainly dry tonight with just isolated thundershowers possible. Patchy fog will likely develop again Tuesday morning, so we have a First Alert for reduced visibility in spots for the morning commute. Otherwise, a mild and muggy start under a partly cloudy sky.
Scattered afternoon and early evening showers and storms appear likely through Thursday. A weak cold front is forecast to approach the Southeast Thursday and create the greatest coverage of rain and storms. The coverage looks to climb to 60-70% Thursday afternoon with high temperatures in the upper 80s. There’s a chance we could see morning showers Thursday morning and perhaps early Friday morning too. The placement of the cold front is still questionable, but models do back off on our rain chances as we finish out the week. Friday will end up partly cloudy with a 30% chance for widely scattered showers and storms. The best chance for rain on Friday will likely occur along and south of I-20. Highs are forecast to warm near 90 degrees Friday afternoon.
The upcoming weekend is shaping up to be mostly dry. Lower humidity builds in which will allow temperatures in the morning hours to dip into the upper 60s and it won’t feel too miserable during the afternoon hours. Highs in the lower 90s with just a 20% chance for an isolated shower or storm.
The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor a tropical wave moving off the coast of Africa. They are forecasting a 40% chance for this tropical wave to become a tropical depression or storm in the next five days. Models aren’t too aggressive with developing this system, and it doesn’t look like it’ll have any impact on our weather over the next 7-10 days. It’ll be something to monitor as it moves over the Central Atlantic Ocean. The rest of the tropics remains quiet. Hurricane season normally peaks in late August and September. The season officially ends on November 30.
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