Cooling off & drying out heading into this weekend

Weather

As anticipated, yesterday was active in the weather department statewide in Alabama.  A slow-moving line of storms produced damage across a majority of the CBS 42 viewing area.

As of 7 AM Friday, here are the total damage numbers from yesterday:

-9 HAIL reports

-22 WIND DAMAGE reports

-1 UNOFFICIAL TORNADO report

The National Weather Service office in Birmingham will be conducting storm surveys today to conclude whether or not there were any tornadoes with yesterday’s storms.  We won’t know for sure if tornadoes did indeed form until after these surveys are completed. They are planning to send teams to Blount, Chilton, and Elmore Counties, and will survey other suspected areas if time permits.

There are still a few lingering showers out there in and around Birmingham metro, but the threat of severe weather is over.  Winds will gradually turn to the North as today goes on, meaning cooler & drier air will begin funneling in. By lunchtime today, most of us will see mainly sunny skies.  Temperatures will stay cool all day long…mostly in the 50s, afternoon highs in the low 60s.

Mostly clear skies will prevail tonight as well.  Temperatures will keep dropping too…down to the upper 40s just after sunset, into the mid & upper 30s by sunrise tomorrow.  Saturday afternoon should be fantastic! Still a bit cool with plenty of sunshine…highs in the low 60s.

All the way through Wednesday of next week, sunshine & high pressure will be the main player in the forecast.  Temperatures are expected to stay at or just a hair below average for March during this timeframe. That means temps consistent with what we’ll see this weekend…highs near 60°, lows in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!  -Griff

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