WEATHER AWARE: Saturday’s Early Storms Could be Strong to Severe


Weekend Forecast: We’ve issued a WEATHER AWARE for Saturday for a threat for possible severe weather. A strong cold front will move through Alabama. This will produce a line of strong to severe thunderstorms across the Birmingham area in the morning.

Right now, the storms will be in NW Alabama between 4 AM and 8 AM, the Birmingham area between 8 AM and Noon, and across eastern Alabama between Noon and 4 PM.

The atmosphere will be unstable, so this will support a low threat for severe weather. SPC has placed all of central Alabama in a Level 1/5 Marginal Risk for severe weather. The main threat will be strong winds, but a tornado or two is possible. Some heavy rain is also possible. It will be a warm and humid morning ahead of the cold front with high temperatures in the lower 70s early in the day. Temperatures will fall into the 50s during the afternoon.

Outside of the storms, we are expecting gusty wind from Saturday morning into the afternoon.

The front will be over south Alabama on Saturday night, and this will put an end to the rain for us. It will turn much colder with lows in the mid 30s. Sunday will become mostly sunny, breezy, and much colder as an area of high pressure builds over the state. High temperatures will only get into the mid 50s.

Next Week Outlook: The area of high will move northeast of Alabama Monday through Thursday. This will bring back southeast winds across the state, and we will slowly warm up. Monday will be sunny with highs in the lower 60s. Tuesday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s. Wednesday through Friday will be warmer and slightly more humid with a partly cloudy sky. A stay shower will be possible on Friday. High temperatures each day will be in the lower 70s.

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