**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… way too much “catching up” to do after yesterday’s severe weather event**
NWS STORM SURVEY: We first note the NWS Birmingham has identified an EF-2 tornado near Notasulga in Macon County from last night’s storms. More survey results will follow from other Alabama counties.
TONS O’ SUN: As expected, the sky is sunny across Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are generally in the 60s with a refreshing north breeze. Tonight will be clear and cool; most places will see a low between 42 and 46 degrees early tomorrow.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Great weather tomorrow with a sunny sky along with a high in the mid 70s. But, enjoy it while you can since the weather changes Sunday.
New model data suggests clouds return Sunday, with a pretty decent chance of rain by Sunday afternoon. Below is the 12Z high resolution (4km) NAM valid at 1:00 p.m. CT Sunday afternoon…
There is even come hint at thunderstorms over East Alabama. We will certainly be hitting the rain harder in the forecast for Sunday afternoon.
NEXT WEEK: The weather will be warm and unsettled during the first half of the week; highs will be in the low 80s Monday through Wednesday, and with a moist airmass in place we will have the chance of scattered showers or storms each day, primarily during the afternoon and evening hours, during the peak of the daytime heating process.
Storms will be greater in number, and stronger Thursday when a cold front pushes in the state; we will need to monitor that for signs of severe weather in coming days. Below is the 12Z GFS output valid at 1pm Thursday (April 18)
VOODOO LAND: Hints of a late season cold snap later this month… below is the 500 mb flow from the GFS on Saturday April 20…
Odds of frost that late in April are always very small, but just something to keep an eye on.
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I enjoyed great school visits to West Blocton Elementary yesterday… and Berry Elementary in Fayette County this morning. Be looking for those kids on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted early Monday morning… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!