RADAR CHECK: A weakening band of showers is pushing through Southeast Alabama early this morning, and a few stray showers are over the northern and central counties. All of this will be ending soon, and we expect a clearing sky today with sunshine in full force this afternoon. The high today will be in the 69-74 degree range for most communities. The weather will be dry tomorrow; with ample sunshine the high will be close to 80 degrees.
EASTER WEEKEND: A warm front will move into the state from the south, and then become nearly stationary. This will bring wet weather back into the state over the weekend; we expect periods of rain Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 70s both days. It won’t rain all weekend, but if you have something planned outside be ready for off and on rain, along with a rumble of thunder at times.
We note SPC has defined a low end, “marginal risk” of severe thunderstorms for parts of West and South Alabama Saturday… for areas south of a line from Aliceville to Montgomery to Abbeville. A few storms in that part of the state could produce strong, gusty winds.
NEXT WEEK: A few lingering showers are possible Monday, but most places will be dry Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, a cold front will bring showers into the state Wednesday night into Thursday… for now severe storms are not expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the Alabama “A Day” game in Tuscaloosa Saturday (2:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be cloudy with periods of rain likely. Temperatures will be in the 70-74 degree range.
The Birmingham Stallions will most the New Jersey Generals Saturday evening at Protective Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… expect a cloudy sky with occasional showers; temperatures will fall from near 72 at kickoff, into the upper 60s by the final whistle.
LAST NIGHT’S STORMS: Significant wind damage was reported last night in the Branch Heights section of Eutaw (Greene County), and in the Flatwoods neighborhood of Northport; NWS survey teams will be there today to determine if the damage was due to straight line winds or a brief tornado.
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ON THIS DATE IN 2019: A total of eleven tornadoes touched down across Alabama on Palm Sunday 2019; they were all short lived and rated either EF-0 or EF-1.
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