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THIS AFTERNOON: The most numerous showers and storms across our state are over the southeast counties at mid-afternoon… although a few strong storms have also fired up over Northwest Alabama. Temperatures are mostly in the low 80s with a mix of sun and clouds; readings are in the 70s where rain is falling.
TONIGHT/TOMORROW: We are still expecting a general increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms tonight as an upper trough and cold front approach. Additional rain amounts of around one-half inch are likely, but the heavier storms could bring one inch or more to a few spots. It won’t rain all night, but it could rain at any time during the night.
The cold front will progress southward through Alabama tomorrow. For the northern half of the state, the best chance of showers and storms will come during the morning, followed by gradual afternoon clearing as the storms move down into South Alabama. Tomorrow will be much cooler; the GFS is printing a high of only 72 degrees for Birmingham with a fresh northwest breeze following the cold frontal passage.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These will be the two nicest days of the week, with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Early morning lows will be around 50, with 40s likely for the colder spots. The high Thursday will be in the upper 70s, followed by low 80s Friday.
MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND: The forecast remains rather challenging as the weather will all depend on the future movement of the upper low now over Mexico, south of Phoenix. The 12Z GFS still looks relatively dry Saturday with only widely scattered showers, but is more bullish on the chance of scattered showers and storms Sunday. The high both days will be around 80 degrees; see the Weather Xtreme video for more details on weekend forecast ideas.
NEXT WEEK: Looks like a moist airmass stays in place for the first half of the week, with some risk of showers and storms Monday and Tuesday. Still no sign of any major severe weather or tornado threat for the Deep South for the rest of May. Pretty much certain now our biggest severe weather event for this spring was back in early March. Otherwise, the season has been very, very quiet, thankfully.
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