COLD FRONT ARRIVES EARLY TOMORROW: Today will be another dry, pleasant day for Alabama… look for a partly sunny sky with a high in the 74-78 degree range this afternoon. Clouds will increase tonight ahead of a sharp cold front which will pass through the state mostly in dry fashion during the early morning hours tomorrow. A few sprinkles are possible over the northern third of the state, and measurable rain isn’t expected.
Tomorrow will be sunny but much cooler following the frontal passage; the high will be in the mid to upper 50s for much of North Alabama with a northwest wind of 15-25 mph making it feel cooler. The wind dies down tomorrow night, and with a clear sky we project low temperatures between 33 and 40 degrees for most of North/Central Alabama early Thursday morning. Frost is likely, and a few of the normally colder spots could briefly touch the freezing mark. Then, during the day Thursday we expect a high in the mid 60s with a good supply of sunshine.
Friday will be another dry day… with a mix of sun and clouds temperatures reach the mid to upper 60s by afternoon. Clouds will increase Friday night, and some rain is possible after midnight.
STORMY SATURDAY: A dynamic weather system will bring widespread rain and thunderstorms to Alabama Saturday. SPC has defined a risk of severe thunderstorms for about the southern half of the state, generally south of U.S. 80 (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika).
Heavier storms over South Alabama Saturday could produce strong winds, and there is some potential for a brief tornado or two. All of the state will see a good soaking, with rain amounts of 1-2 inches likely. Some isolated flooding issues could develop during the day; Saturday’s high will be in the low to mid 70s.
But, the weekend won’t be a total wash-out. Sunshine returns Sunday with a high in the mid 70s.
NEXT WEEK: The weather will be warm and dry Monday and Tuesday with highs at or just over 80 degrees. The next weather system brings a chance of rain and storms back to the state late Wednesday or Thursday… too early to know if severe storms will be an issue. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RACE WEEKEND: It will be a challenge to get in the races Saturday at Talladega; rain and thunderstorms are likely much of the day with a high in the 70s. But, Sunday will be a delightful day for the running of the Geico 500… the sky will be sunny with a high between 73 and 77 degrees.
ON THIS DATE IN 1920: Tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama killed 219 persons. Six tornadoes of F4 intensity were reported. Aberdeen, Mississippi was hard hit by an F4 tornado that killed 22 people. This same tornado killed 20 in Marion County, Alabama. Nine people in one family died in Winston County, Alabama.
ON THIS DATE IN 2004: A strong F3 tornado moved across the town of Utica, near LaSalle-Peru in north-central Illinois. This tornado destroyed several homes, a machinery building, and a tavern. The roof of the tavern collapsed, killing eight people inside; many of these people had come into town from nearby mobile homes, seeking sturdier shelter.
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