FIRST ALERT: An increase in scattered showers and storms Friday; unsettled pattern continues through the weekend

First Alert Weather 9p Update: 8-18-22
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 5:44 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 9:51 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: A stalled front to our south will begin to move northwards tonight into tomorrow. This will cause rain and storms to develop and move in overnight into Friday morning. Scattered activity will form during the day and a few strong storms are possible. The main threats will be heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, and gusty winds, although small hail can’t be ruled out. High temperatures will remain below average, with most of us in the mid 80s. Winds will be out of the south-southeast at 5-10 mph.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: If you have outdoor plans on Saturday, keep a watch on radar trends via the WBRC First Alert Weather App because we will see scattered showers and storms. Temperatures this weekend will likely start out in the lower 70s with highs in the mid 80s. We want to give everyone a First Alert for slightly higher storm chances on Sunday. Storms that form over the weekend could become strong with gusty winds and frequent lightning. If you have any outdoor plans over the weekend, you’ll need to monitor the forecast. Remember when thunder roars, you should go indoors!

NEXT WEEK: Another front increased rain and storm chances, especially on Monday. With higher chances of rain expected Monday, our weather models are hinting that highs could stay in the 70s. High temperatures after Monday will likely remain below average with most of us in the mid 80s. The Weather Prediction Center is forecasting at least 1-2 inches of rainfall for Central Alabama over the next five to seven days. Some spots could easily pick up higher totals. Flooding can’t be ruled out, but it’s a low threat as of now.

TROPICAL UPDATE: The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor a tropical wave in the southwestern Caribbean. It will move over Central America and could emerge into the Yucatan Peninsula by this weekend. Once it moves into the western Gulf of Mexico, it has a 30% chance to develop into a tropical depression or storm. It will likely produce rainy weather for parts of Mexico and perhaps for southern Texas over the weekend and into early next week.


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