Central AL Forecast: A sunny and dry Friday. Tropical System takes shape.

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FRIDAY: Not much changes in the forecast for tomorrow…essentially the same weather we’re seeing right now!  Mostly sunshine with comfortable daytime temperatures. Highs expected in the low 70s.

SATURDAY: There are some changes in store beginning on Saturday.  An area of low pressure, currently located in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico, is expected to track Northeast towards the Florida panhandle over the coming days.  This is likely to develop into either a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Nestor by this Saturday.

Impacts to Central Alabama from this disturbance will be marginal, at best.  We are only anticipating scattered showers during the day Saturday, but that’s about it.  Rainfall totals should range between half an inch to an inch.

SUNDAY: We go back to quiet weather for Sunday afternoon.  It will be not as chilly in the morning, and a bit warmer in the afternoon.  Lows in the mid 50s, highs in the upper 70s.  Expect to stay rain-free Sunday with partly cloudy skies. 

EARLY NEXT WEEK: Our next big cold front is on schedule for Monday.  This should bring thunderstorms during the day Monday.  The Storm Prediction Center has preemptively noted the possibility of these storms turning severe, placing Central Alabama in their 15% risk area of  their Day 5 outlook.

On the surface, this does NOT look like it has potential to be a robust outbreak.  This should be a low-end event if anything, but as always, things can change quickly.  For now, it’s just something we’re keeping in mind! Stay tuned for forecast updates on Sunday when the front gets closer in time.

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