RADAR CHECK: We have a classic case of widely scattered showers and storms on radar this afternoon… the storms are lined up near I-20, with the heavier ones east of Birmingham. Some small hail has been reported around Anniston and near Piedmont in Calhoun County. The rest of the state is dry with a mix of sun and clouds… temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s; for some places this is the warmest day so far this year. The widely scattered storms will end this evening after sunset, and tonight will be mostly fair with a low in the 60s.
Tomorrow will be warm and mostly dry with only a small chance of any one spot seeing a shower… the high will be in the 86-90 degree range.
FRIDAY: Showers and storms are likely Friday ahead of a cold front. SPC has much of the state in a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms.
It is looking more and more like we will have two rounds of storms Friday. One during the morning hours, and another one (with the storms being more scattered in nature) during the afternoon. It won’t rain all day, but know that when storms pass through you will have the chance of large hail and strong winds with the heavier cells. The wind profiles really don’t favor a tornado threat, but a brief, isolated tornado can’t be totally ruled out in this pattern. Rain amounts Friday should be generally 1/2 inch or less, and the high will be in the 79-83 degree range.
Most of the storms will be over across the northern half of the state by Friday evening, and lingering storms over South Alabama should be over by midnight.
MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND: Dry air returns Friday night, and the weekend will feature sunny days… the high Saturday will be close to 80, followed by mid 80s Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: Most of the week will be dry, with potential for the hottest weather so far this year by mid-week as temperatures climb toward the 90 degree mark. Global models suggest a few showers could show up by Friday (May 13)… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 2007: A devastating EF5 twister demolishes nearly every structure in Greensburg, Kansas around 9:30p CT and kills ten. The mammoth wedge tornado cuts a swath 1.7 miles wide and 22 miles long across the Kansas landscape. It is the worst single tornado to touch down in the U.S. in eight years.
ON THIS DATE IN 2021: Rain totals reached five to seven inches in and surrounding Shelby/Jefferson counties. A rare Flash Flood Emergency was issued to highlight the life-threatening nature of the flooding in the Birmingham metro. Many roads were closed, some structures were flooded, and water rescues were performed.
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