FIRST ALERT: Severe storms possible Thursday
Wind Advisory for gusts topping 30 mph Thursday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - FIRST ALERT FOR POSSIBLE SEVERE STORMS Thursday. A wind advisory will go into effect Thursday at 6 a.m. and continue through 6 p.m. for the possibility of wind gusts over 30 mph. A line of storms in advance of a cold front will march east across the state, and some storms along the line may grow severe, with the risk of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. I think the damaging straight-line wind impact will be the greatest risk, although one or two tornadoes are certainly possible. The timing for the line of storms will start to the northwest around 8 a.m., reaching the I-59 corridor by lunchtime, and impacting east Alabama after lunchtime. This will exit our area by 4 p.m. Thursday.
THE NEXT BIG THING will be the return of colder air, with temperatures tumbling into the middle to upper 30s Friday morning. The sky will remain cloudy, with a cold northwest wind throughout the day Friday. We will also see some wrap around moisture that could result in a snow shower, flurries, and/or sprinkles. Temperatures will remain well above freezing; however, temperatures will struggle to reach the low 40s. Temperatures will tumble into the upper 20s Friday night.
MLK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The weekend forecast will feature a return to sunshine, with highs in the 40s on Saturday, and 50s on Sunday. Temperatures at night will drop to freezing. The dry weather should continue through the day on Monday, but a returning warm front will bring a good chance of showers again late Monday night and into Tuesday. Be sure to join us for updates on the rain chances for next week, plus the latest on the threat for severe storms. We will also post lots of updates throughout the day on the WBRC First Alert Weather app.
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