Central AL Forecast: Clouds Increasing Wednesday, Storms Thursday Night


 Overnight tonight, we’ll continue to see a mostly clear sky with mild temps for most of the night.  We’ll wake up to temperatures tomorrow morning in the mid 50s…not quite as chilly as this morning.

Cloud cover and moisture should start to increase areawide Wednesdayafternoon.  A steady South breeze at 10 to 15 mph should lead to partly cloudy skies and slightly increased humidity.  Afternoon highs should be close to the 80° mark.  Clouds should continue to remain overhead & increase in coverage into Thursday.

During the day Thursday, we shouldn’t have any major weather issues with only some hit & miss showers possible.  I’m putting that chance at 20% in the afternoon before the anticipated strong storms arrive at close to sunset.  Right now, the main timeframe for the storms from start to finish appears to be roughly from 7 PM Thursday to 3 AM Friday.

How intense these storms will be remains a question mark.  There are different meteorological factors that are working against each other, which is why the Storm Prediction Center has opted for a SLIGHT (2 out of 5) risk for all of our viewing area.  The best way to describe this event is as an “isolated severe” event.  While it’s impossible at this point to nail down exactly which towns & communities will take a hit, those that do could be hit fairly hard by straight-lined winds or brief tornadoes.  But on the plus side, the NUMBER of places that take a hit should be limited.  We wish it were more straightforward, but that’s the nature of the beast!  There are still more details that need to be ironed out.

By sunrise Friday, the storms should have exited Alabama & crossed over into Georgia.  Temperatures will rapidly cooldown once again behind the cold front with this system, and we’ll stay in the 50s & 60s all day long Friday.  Temperatures will continue dropping into Saturday and the sky will clear out.  Lows Saturday morning expected in the low to mid 40s.

The weekend as a whole looks spectacular, albeit a bit cool.  No chances of rain either Saturday or Sunday!  It will be sunny & cool during the day Saturday with highs in the upper 60s, and a bit warmer with more sunshine on Sunday with highs in the upper 70s.


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