FIRST ALERT UPDATE: First Alert for patchy fog and isolated showers Thursday morning

First Alert Weather 9p Update: 8-17-22
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 5:59 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 10:01 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: The rain coverage dissipated right on time, with only a few isolated sprinkles on radar tonight. We continue to enjoy pleasant temperatures, with a partly to mostly cloudy sky. More showers could develop in the morning hours and impact areas south of I-20; the showers will be tracking east-southeast. Also, we could have some visibility impacts and fog in the early morning. Morning clouds will help make for a pleasantly warm morning; however, we’ll start to see cloud breaks by midday, with afternoon highs in the 80s. Thursday afternoon features widely scattered showers and storms, mainly south of I-20 and temperatures warming into the middle 80s. The chance of rain looks low for those attending the Barons Game tomorrow evening and or going to the Luke Bryan Concert.

THE WEEKEND: Our next decent chance for showers and storms will likely occur on Friday. A surge of moisture from the south will lift northwards, giving us a chance for showers Friday morning. Temperatures will likely start out in the lower 70s Friday morning and warm into the mid 80s during the afternoon. Storms will likely develop across Central Alabama Friday afternoon and evening. We can’t rule out an isolated strong storm on Friday. The main threats will be heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and lightning. The stormy setup could result in some issues for the kickoff of high school football games Friday evening. Just make sure you monitor our weather app for updates. Remember that when thunder roars, go indoors!

We will hold on to a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms for Saturday. The best chance of rain is likely in the afternoon and evening hours, although plan for the possibility of a popup shower before lunchtime. Highs on Saturday will end up warmer, with most of us in the upper 80s, with a partly sunny sky. Rain coverage on Sunday looks slightly higher. A strong storm or two is possible over the weekend, but the severe threat is very low. The main threats include heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and frequent lightning.

A stalled boundary will remain across the Southeast, giving us rounds of showers and storms. Rain chances remain high at 50%-60% next Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will likely remain below average with highs in the low to mid 80s with lows near 70°F. Determining which day could be the wettest will be a challenge this far out so keep checking back with us through the weekend. Just be prepared to hold on to the umbrella for the next seven days.

TROPICS: We are watching a disturbance in the northwest Caribbean Sea that’s forecast to track across land and then end up over the southern Gulf of Mexico over the next 5 days. The chance of tropical formation has increased to 30% over the next 5 days. It looks to track towards Texas and as of now we don’t see this posing a threat on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Keep checking back with us for updates in case something changes.


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