ANOTHER FINE SPRING DAY AHEAD: Not much change in Alabama’s weather today… dry air means a mostly sunny day with a high between 77 and 82 degrees this afternoon. The sky will remain mostly fair tonight, and the daytime hours tomorrow will stay dry with a gradual increase in clouds by afternoon. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 70s and low 80s again.
A band of thunderstorms will push into the state late tomorrow night into the early morning hours Thursday.. SPC has defined a “slight risk” (level 2/5) for a few counties near the Mississippi border, and a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) as far east as Scottsboro, Clanton, and Jackson.
The main window for the storms for the northern half of the state will come from about 10:00 tomorrow night through 10:00 a.m. Thursday. Heavier storms could produce strong gusty winds and some small hail. A brief, isolated tornado is possible, not not likely. Storms should slowly weaken as they push into East Alabama Thursday morning.
Then, by Thursday afternoon, the best chance of showers and storms will be over the southern counties of the state as a slot of drier air works into North Alabama. Thursday’s high will be in the mid 70s.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Another round of rain and storms will move into the state Thursday night, and the weather will be unsettled Friday and Saturday with occasional showers and thunderstorms likely. There will be breaks in the rain, and for now the chance of organized severe weather looks low. But, a few strong storms can’t be ruled out. Rain amounts between tomorrow night and Saturday will be in the 2-3 inch range for most of the state, and highs will remain in the 70s Friday and Saturday. Then, dry air moves into the state Sunday with a mostly sunny sky returning. Sunday’s high will be in the mid to upper 70s.
NEXT WEEK: For now the weather looks dry Monday and Tuesday… showers and storms will return at some point over the latter half of the week, but models are not in good agreement as you might expect that far out in this active pattern. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
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