It’s a cloudy morning in central Alabama as we prepare for strong to severe thunderstorms to move through Alabama this morning. Temperatures are in the 50s and 60s.
You must be Conscious of the weather Today a cold front is crossing Alabama. The front will draw in warm, more humid air ahead of the front with highs in the lower 70s. This will trigger strong to severe thunderstorms. 2 cycles of strong to violent thunderstorms are possible:
Round 1: Now until noon
• Destructive winds and hail
• Tornado threat is very low
• Heavy rain – Flash flood possible: 1-2″+ rain possible
Round 2: 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• Damaging winds, hail and some strong tornadoes
• Heavy rain – flash floods possible
• ONLY if the atmosphere can recover from the morning thunderstorms!!
The SPC has placed part of Alabama, from Birmingham south to Mobile, in a level 3/5 heightened risk. This area is more likely to see severe weather and a few tornadoes are possible this afternoon. The rest of Alabama is in a level 2/5 mild risk. That’s why you need to be aware of the weather today!
Round 2 depends on our ability to recover from the morning thunderstorms and how far north a warm front will move. If we can, then the atmosphere will become very unstable. This will lead to a greater threat to individual storms moving through central Alabama. These are the storms that could produce tornadoes, and a few could be strong with long trails. These thunderstorms would move along the warm front. Hopefully we do NOT recover and this threat does not occur. We will be watching closely to see how this develops after the morning thunderstorms end. Basically, we want to stay cloudy this afternoon. If we get sunny and warm, the atmosphere will recover and become unstable.
***Make sure you have multiple ways to get weather warnings today, keep your cell phone fully charged throughout the day, and stay tuned to CBS 42 for updates.
Tonight the storms will end and we will become nearly clear as the cold front moves in. It will become colder and windier. The lows will be in the low to mid 40s.
Weekend Outlook: The cold front will be east of Alabama on Saturday. It will become mostly sunny, dry and cooler with high temperatures in the mid 60s. An area of high pressure will form over the state on Sunday and we will become sunny. High temperatures will warm into the lower 70s.
Next week’s outlook: We will remain dry and warm on Monday with highs in the mid 70s. The weather begins to change Tuesday ahead of a strong cold front. We will be partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms rolling in the afternoon and evening over northwest Alabama as a warm front moves up from the Gulf. It will be warm and more humid with highs in the upper 70s. These storms could be strong to severe first in Mississippi and then move into Alabama overnight Tuesday through Wednesday. The front will pass on Wednesday. Forecast models indicate that we could see strong to severe thunderstorms with a chance of strong winds and tornadoes. This will be something to watch closely as we head into next week. SPC is already highlighting this day for a severe weather threat. Be sure to check for updates. Once the front crosses we will dry out on Thursday and Friday with highs in the 60s.
Follow us on Facebook: Chief Meteorologist Ashley Gann, Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum, Meteorologist Michael Haynes and Meteorologist Alex Puckett