Latest Weather Xtreme Video: Cloudy and Much Cooler Today

| April 23, 2017 @ 7:05 am

Saturday’s severe weather event didn’t turn out badly at all for Alabama. One tornado affected Franklin County and there were a couple of reports of large hail as well as 7 reports of high winds. Quarter sized hail fell near Russellville and one inch hail fell near Hazel Green. A chicken house was damaged in Cullman County and some cards were overturned near West Point. Multiple trees were down on houses in the same area. More trees were down near Skyline in Jackson County. Teams from the NWS in Huntsville will be out today surveying the damage. But all in all, it wasn’t a bad day.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS: The best rainfall amounts fell in swaths along the paths of the strongest storms. The heaviest rain fell across Lawrence, Winston and Walker Counties, where between 2 and 3 inches of rain fell. Less than 20% of the area picked up between 0.50 inches and one inch. Much of the area south and east of Birmingham picked up less than 0.05 inches. The rain across Walker and Winston Counties helped those drought stricken areas, but the relief was isolated unfortunately.

TODAY: Today will be quite a different day than yesterday. A brisk westerly wind will shift around to northwest during the morning. Instead of highs in the 80s, the mercury will struggle to make the middle 60s. Some of the cooler spots up in the Tennessee Valley may not make it out of the 50s!

CUT OFF LOW, WEATHERMAN’S WOE: The mid-level trough may try to cut off into a closed low over Tennessee today. A wave of stouter showers is moving through this morning, followed by a lull and then another wave of sprinkles or drizzle later this afternoon. Skies will be mostly cloudy, although there may be peeks of sunshine at times.

INDYCAST: The big race is today! Fans will dodge a few showers, but these machines race even if it rains! So carry the rain gear just in case and get ready for an exciting day at the track. Temperatures will be cooler, topping out in the middle 60s about the time the green flag drops.

LINGERING SHOWERS: A few showers may still be hanging around until after midnight tonight, but they should be gone by Monday morning. Lows tonight will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

MONDAY PERFECTION: Monday will be a perfect day, with tons of sunshine after a cool start. Highs will top out in the middle and upper 70s.

THE HEAT RETURNS: We will be back in the above normal department by Tuesday as a flat ridge of high pressure begins to build in over Alabama and the Deep South.

NEXT RAIN CHANCES: Using the European as the inspiration for this forecast, we will call for a chance of showers late Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts will be light. The weak front will come back north as a warm front Friday, producing more showers and storms. The main event should come Sunday or Sunday night as a stronger surface low moves from Missouri to Illinois.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Another great week at the beach, as soon as we get past today’s showers. Expect a good supply of sunshine with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Lows will trend back to the 60s. Water temperatures are already back in the upper 70s.

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