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Dry With Warming Temperatures Through the Weekend; Wet & Stormy at Times Next Week

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THE CENTRAL ALABAMA WEEKEND
Well, the good news is that we’ll continue to dry out today from the copious amount of rain received throughout this past week. Skies will be in the clearing process throughout the day, and we’ll end up mainly sunny by sunset. Highs will make it up into the upper 50s to the mid-60s from east to west. Skies will be mainly clear for tonight with lows dipping into the mid-30s to the lower 40s.

Sunday will feature plenty of sunshine with only a few clouds floating overhead. High pressure will be stationed off to our northeast and that will pull warmer air up from the south. Afternoon highs will range from the lower 60s in the northwest to the upper 60s in the southeast.

MUCH OF NEXT WEEK WILL BE WET & STORMY AT TIMES
Monday will not be one of those wet days as we’ll continue to have a good bit of sunshine throughout the day with only one or two clouds. Warm air will continue to flow up from the south and highs will make it up into the upper 60s to the lower 70s.

A system will move into the area for Tuesday that will bring showers and a thunderstorm or two with it. At this point, the dynamics look to be too far north to cause any strong to severe storms. Afternoon highs will be in the mid-60s to the mid-70s.

Rain and a few storms will be possible throughout the day on Wednesday as that system continues to pull through and mostly out of the area. We may have a few breaks in there where we could see a few minutes of sunshine during the late afternoon hours before more clouds and rain move in for the evening. Highs will be in the upper 60s to the mid-70s.

Instability values valid at 1 pm Thursday (00z GFS).

On Thursday, a surface low will form off to our southwest and move through the northwestern corner of North/Central Alabama during the late-night and into the overnight hours. Out ahead of the low, rain and thunderstorms will move across the area throughout the day with heavy rain possible during the evening and late-night hours. There will be a decent bit of instability over the area, so we may have to watch for a few strong to possibly severe storms, but we are too far out to be specific at this point. We are in the middle of the most active part of our severe weather season in North/Central Alabama, so we’ll have to watch nearly every system that moves through. Highs will be in the upper 60s to the upper 70s.

Showers and storms will move out of the area during the early morning hours on Friday with skies becoming mostly sunny by the afternoon. Highs will range from the lower 70s in the northwest to the upper 70s in the southeast.

PROJECTED RAINFALL AMOUNTS FOR THIS FORECAST
The latest projected rainfall totals from the WPC over the next seven days for North/Central Alabama looks to range from as low as 2 inches to as high as 4 inches with the higher totals occurring over the south-central and east-central parts of the area. Much of that occurring on Thursday.

TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK IN VOODOO LAND
After we hit the 70s on Friday, highs look to stay up into the upper 60s to the upper 70s across the area through the end of the month. Lows will stay above the freezing mark ranging from the lower 40s to the lower 60s.

ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY
1989: Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in western Kansas to usher in the official start of spring. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from east Texas to Alabama and northwest Florida, with nearly fifty reports of large hail and damaging winds during the afternoon and evening hours.

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Scott Martin

2021-03-20 09:00:57

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