Barry Bringing Heavy Rain to Alabama Sunday

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As of 4 AM CDT Sunday, Barry remains at tropical storm strength with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.  The storm is slowly tracking North through Central Louisiana, producing persistent heavy rain across almost all of Mississippi & most of Louisiana.  Most of that rain has NOT expanded far enough to the East to reach Alabama. For now this morning, the majority of us are rainfree with the exception of a few showers just barely creeping over the stateline into our Western counties.

Expect more scattered rain coverage this afternoon as daytime heating helps generate more tropical downpours.  The rain should come and go in waves. A few of these downpours may evolve into stronger storms, but any instances of severe weather will be isolated if anything.  We can’t completely rule out a spin-up tornado within the more intense bands of heavy rain, but the odds of that happening are VERY LOW. Rainfall totals over the weekend should range from half an inch to 2 inches areawide.

When we see a break in the rain, expect very high humidity and temperatures in the 80s.  The rain should once again begin to subside this evening, just as it did yesterday, and we’ll stay quiet.  Partly cloudy skies overnight with lows in the 70s.

To kick off the work week tomorrow, expect mostly cloudy skies a few hit & miss showers with less in the way of overall rain coverage compared to this afternoon.  Putting tomorrow’s rain chance at 40%. Highs in the upper 80s with high humidity. Beyond Monday, we flip right back to a classic summer pattern with rain chances moving back & forth day-by-day between 20 & 30 percent.  Highs will climb back into the 90s where they will stay for the foreseeable future.

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