Warm Days; Stormy Weekend Ahead

| April 18, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms are very isolated across Alabama this afternoon; much of the state is dry. Most of the showers are over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama and northward into Tennessee…

The sky is partly sunny, and temperatures are in the low to mid 80s in most places.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: While a few isolated showers are possible tomorrow afternoon, the chance of any one spot seeing rain is very small. Generally speaking, these two days will be warm and mostly dry with afternoon temperatures rising into the mid 80s with a partly sunny sky.

FRIDAY: A surface front will sag southward into Alabama, meaning a trend toward increasing clouds, and a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. The rain won’t be too widespread, but just be aware of the potential for a passing shower Friday afternoon or Friday night. The high will be in the low 80s.

STORMY WEEKEND: A rather dynamic weather system will impact Alabama this weekend, and will bring the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms. It is simply too early to be really specific about the timing and the magnitude of the threat.

While a shower is certainly possible Friday morning, it looks like the main window for strong storms will come Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, possibly into the very early morning hours Sunday. The current window we have is from 3:00 p.m. Saturday through 6:00 a.m. Sunday. We should be able to narrow that down even more in coming days.

Stronger storms over the weekend will be capable of producing hail and strong straight line winds; it remains to be seen if there will be a significant tornado threat. Rain amounts should be close to one inch, and the high Saturday will be in the 77-80 degree range.

The rain ends Sunday morning; the day Sunday will be breezy and much cooler with temperatures not getting out of the 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Cool, dry weather is the story early in the week with morning lows in the 40s… but highs will be back in the 80s by the end of the week. The latest GFS run is now hinting much of the week will be dry… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! The Honda Indy Grand Prix is coming up Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park! Make plans for the event that has been voted “Best Annual Event” & “Best Sporting Event” in Birmingham. Kids 15 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, and three-day general admission tickets are $69. Single day tickets are $15. Pack a picnic/cooler and bring the family out for a weekend full of activities and racing! Get tickets and more information here. For now it looks like the best chance of heavier rain and storms will come from about 3:00 p.m. Saturday through 6:00 a.m. Sunday. Get the detailed race cast here.

ALABAMA A DAY: The annual spring game kicks off at 2:00 Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa… we will need to mention a chance of showers and storms, especially during the second half of the game. The temperature will be in the upper 70s at kickoff.. I will be doing “Drive Home Weather” on the big screens with former Tide star Andre Smith (now with the Cincinnati Bengals). Come see us in the fan zone from 11am until 12 noon.

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STORM SPOTTER TRAINING IN JASPER THURSDAY: The last spotter training event of the year will be held in Jasper Thursday; we will be at the Jasper Civic Center, and the session begins at 6:30. It is free, and there is no need to register. Just come with a curious mind!

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I enjoyed seeing the third graders today at Saks Elementary… and the first graders at Margaret Elementary… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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