It is a gorgeous Saturday morning across North and Central Alabama. Skies are blue across the state with some high clouds visible to the southwest. Those clouds are entering and thickening over Southwest Alabama. Clouds will continue to increase across the entire state through the afternoon hours.
Temperatures are exiting the 50s over the Tennessee Valley and will rise into the middle and upper 60s over much of the area. A few spots in South Central Alabama will reach 70F today. Lows tonight will be in the 40s areawide. Sunday highs will be much lower, struggling to get out of the 40s over North Alabama, with low 50s elsewhere.
Rain now covers southwestern Mississippi, much of Louisiana, southern Arkansas, back into southeast Texas. All the lightning is offshore over the Gulf. The rain will take its time getting into Alabama this evening, reaching the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Anniston areas after midnight. There will be occasional lightning over Alabama later tonight through much of Sunday. But there will be no severe weather. The Day One Outlook from the SPC has no outlooked areas of severe weather. Central and South Florida has a marginal risk (1/5) for tomorrow.
There is a complex weather pattern at play across Alabama and the Southeast today. A surface low is along the Central Louisiana coast. It will move north today. A secondary low will form over the Gulf tonight and it will move toward the eastern Florida Panhandle near Apalachicola and up into southern Georgia tomorrow. As that low forms, and rotates north, it will keep Alabama in the rainfall for several hours.
It will become breezy tonight with easterly winds averaging 10-20 mph by morning. Winds will gust to 30 mph at times through Sunday evening as the secondary low intensifies and moves northeast.
Rainfall amounts will average one inch with lesser amounts in Southwest Alabama, slightly higher amounts in eastern Alabama.
Our next weather maker will arrive Thursday night and Friday.
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