RADAR CHECK: Most of Alabama is rain-free this afternoon; a batch of rain and a few thunderstorms moved across the Tennessee Valley over far North Alabama earlier in the day. The sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures generally in the upper 70s and low 80s.
A cold front will push a band of showers and thunderstorms into North Alabama this evening, a few of the storms could be strong with gusty winds and small hail, but the overall threat is low. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for Alabama north of a line from Linden to Clanton to Heflin.
The main window for the heavier storms will come from about 6:00 until midnight… showers will weaken as they drift into the southern half of the state after midnight.
TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be a dry day for most of the state with a good supply of sunshine… the exception is the southwest corner where a few scattered showers are possible. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 70s. Saturday promises to be a very nice day with ample sunshine along with a high around 80 degrees.
Moist air returns Sunday, and we will bring in a chance of showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. We are forecasting a high Sunday in the 75-80 degree range.
NEXT WEEK: The weather looks unsettled Monday through Thursday; we will have some risk of showers and storms on a daily basis. Higher rain chances will come during the afternoon and evening hours, and a few strong, possibly severe thunderstorms could develop along the way. Too early to define any specific window for the heavier storms…. drier air will arrive at the end of the week on Friday. Rain amounts during the week will be in the 2-3 inch range; See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
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