Big Temperature Contrast Today; Showers Form By Afternoon : The Alabama Weather Blog3 min read
SLOW MOVING FRONT: We will have a wide range of weather conditions across Alabama today thanks to a very slow moving front near the northwest corner of the state early this morning. The most widespread rain today will be over the northwest counties near the front, but scattered showers and storms will form statewide this afternoon as the air becomes unstable with the daytime heating process. We note a flash flood watch is in effect for Franklin, Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Limestone counties, where heavy rain is possible. Rain amounts will be lighter and spotty over the rest of the state.
Some thunder is possible this afternoon, but there is no risk of severe thunderstorms. In fact, we see no risk of severe storms for at least the next seven days across Alabama and the Deep South… a welcome break.
Temperatures this afternoon will range from the low 60s around the Shoals to the low to mid 80s from Birmingham south and east.
TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: The front will sag slowly southward, and we expect occasional rain tomorrow and Saturday statewide. There will be some breaks in the rain along the way, but the chance of it raining at any one point each day will be in the 60-70 percent range. Highs drop into the 60s over the northern third of the state tomorrow, with 70s for South Alabama. Many North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 50s Saturday, a good 15 degrees below average for mid-April.
Dry air returns Saturday night, and Easter Sunday looks very pleasant with ample sunshine along with highs in the 65-75 degree range.
NEXT WEEK: The weather will be dry for the northern 2/3 of the state Monday through Wednesday… a few showers are possible near the coast. Global models suggest a chance of rain statewide by Wednesday night into Thursday, followed by dry air Friday. Highs through the week will be mostly in the 70s… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1973: On this date through the 8th, a major spring snowstorm dumped 11.6 inches of snow across Denver, Colorado. Most of the heavy wet snow of 10.1 inches fell on the 7th when temperatures remained in the 20s. The low temperature of 5 degrees on the 8th was a new record low for the date and the lowest for so late in the season.
ON THIS DATE IN 2007: In Cleveland, Ohio on the 6th to the 9th: The opening-season series between the Indians and Minnesota Twins is wiped out by a snowstorm and a cold snap. The Indians led 4-0 when their home opener Friday on the 6th was called off by umpires because of heavy snow. The grounds crew who tried to make the field playable with backpack blowers and brooms spent more time on the field than the players during nearly three hours of stoppages. About a foot of snow remained on the ground Monday afternoon the 9th.
BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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