WET WEATHER CONTINUES: Rain is fairly widespread across Alabama early this morning, and periods of rain will continue through tonight. A flash flood watch remains in effect for areas north of a line from Mobile to Montgomery to Opelika.
A few strong thunderstorms are also possible today, SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for basically all of Alabama through tonight.
Heavier storms today will be capable of producing strong, gusty winds. The chance of an isolated tornado is low, but not zero. The main window for stronger thunderstorms will come during the afternoon and evening hours.
Occasional rain is likely again tomorrow, mainly over the southern 2/3 of the state. Temperatures will stay mild today and tomorrow with highs in the 67-73 degree range.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Yet another batch of showers and storms will move through on Saturday. SPC has defined a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms for parts of East and South Alabama, in a broad zone from Anniston to Evergreen. A “marginal risk” (level 1/5) runs in the general area from Fort Payne to Mobile.
An organized line of strong thunderstorms could form over East and South Alabama… wind damage would be possible along the leading edge of this line, mainly during the mid to late afternoon. Like today, the risk of a tornado is low, but not zero. The main limiting factor in the severe weather threat Saturday is the lack of surface based instability. The high Saturday will be in the 65-70 degree range.
We note additional rain amounts between now and Saturday evening across Alabama will be in the 2-4 inch range.
Cooler air rolls into the Deep South Sunday, with highs dropping into the 50s. Parts of the Tennessee Valley could hold in the 40s all day. The sky will stay mostly cloudy, and a bit of patchy light rain can’t be ruled out over the northern half of the state.
NEXT WEEK: The weather will be dry Monday through Thursday with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. A few showers could show up by the end of the week… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN SO FAR: Observations show that rain amounts of 2-4 inches were common over North/Central Alabama yesterday. Coker in Tuscaloosa County received 3.65″, Chelsea in Shelby County had 3.02″.
ON THIS DATE IN 1949: Las Vegas, Nevada, recorded 4.7 inches of snow. This brought the monthly snowfall total to 16.7 inches which still ranks as their snowiest month on record.
ON THIS DATE IN 2021: An EF-3 tornado tore through Fultondale, killing a 14 year old boy and injuring over ten people. It was down for ten miles, first touching down near I-65 and Walker Chapel Road. Fultondale High School had significant damage.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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