Our next weather maker, another cold front, will move into Alabama later on Tuesday. We will be mostly cloudy, warmer and more humid as southerly winds return to the region with highs around 70. This will make the air unstable, especially to our west across Mississippi. Scattered showers and storms will start developing in the afternoon and continue into evening as they move into Alabama from Mississippi. However, most of these storms will not be severe. A few could be strong to severe with gusty winds and heavy rain mostly over Western Alabama.
Look for a better chance for strong to possibly severe storms ahead and along the cold front Tuesday night into Wednesday morning – especially after midnight. There will be plenty of wind shear in place, and that is one ingredient needed for severe storms. These storms could produce strong winds and possibly a tornado or two.
The best chance for the strongest to severe storms will be across west and southwest Alabama. This area will have the best instability. SPC has placed the western 2/3s of Central Alabama in a Level 2/5 Slight Risk, and eastern Alabama is in a Level 1/5 Marginal Risk. Heavy rain is also possible, and we could pick up 1-2″+.
The storms will come to an end on Wednesday morning as the cold front moves east of Alabama. We will become sunny and breezy in the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the upper 60s in the morning, but temperatures will fall into the 50s by the afternoon. Wednesday night will be clear and colder with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
We will dry out on Thursday and Friday as an area of high pressure builds across the Southeast U.S. Each day will be mostly sunny with highs in the 50s.
Weekend Outlook: An upper-level wave/disturbance will move across the Deep South on Saturday and Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy with a chance for scattered showers. High temperatures will be in the 60s.