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Mostly Cloudy But Dry As We Approach 2 PM in Central Alabama

| March 27, 2018 @ 1:54 pm

Conditions At 1:50 PM

We are all dry and mostly cloudy across Central Alabama as we make the run-up to the 2 o’clock hour on this last Tuesday of March. There are a few breaks in the clouds that is allowing the sun to shine, but most have gray skies. Temperatures are running in the lower 60s to the lower 70s, with the only exception being Cullman at 56 degrees as the cool spot. The warm spot is Montgomery at 72 degrees. Birmingham was reporting 64 degrees at the time.

Weather For The Rest Of Your Tuesday

The cloud cover that is over Central Alabama is not expected to move much throughout the remainder of the afternoon and into the early evening hours. Pretty much you have what you got now… gray skies where it is currently gray… some breaks in the clouds and sun peaking through where there are breaks. Bottom line is that we’ll have mostly cloudy skies and highs top out in the mid-60s in the north to the lower 70s in the south. Temperatures will not drop all that much during the late night and overnight hours, while skies will be partly cloudy. Lows bottom out in the upper 50s to the lower 60s.

Wednesday Will Be Mainly Dry But Showers Move In Late

Wednesday morning will start off cool but not bad at all, with mostly cloudy skies and mainly dry. We may have a few scattered pockets of sprinkles or very light rain showers over the western and northwestern parts of Central Alabama during the morning hours, but most will stay dry through the mid-afternoon hours. Increased risk of showers will start to move into the state as early as the late afternoon and progress eastward to just before I-65. Highs will be much warmer, topping out in the upper 70s to the mid-80s from north to south. Rain chances will increase for the late night through the overnight hours, but the best risk for rain and thunderstorms hold off until just before daybreak on Thursday morning. Lows drop to the upper 50s to the mid 60s. Rainfall totals will be less than 0.25 inch for Wednesday, but expect higher totals on Thursday.

Slight Risk For Severe Storms On Thursday

A Slight Risk (level 2 of 5) for severe storms exist for a good portion of the southern half of Central Alabama and extending as far north as Reform to Hueytown to Ashland. The rest of Central Alabama has been defined in a Marginal Risk (level 1 of 5) for severe storms. At this point, this setup doesn’t look anything like we saw back on the March 19th, but with this being in the middle of our main severe weather season, we have to watch any system. Main window for stronger storms will be during the morning before the dynamics of the system weaken later in the day. The environment will be less than favorable for severe storms as lapse rates will be weak and instability will be limited. With that being said, shear will be strong enough to support a small possibility of damaging winds and maybe an isolated brief spin-up tornado or two.

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On This Day In Weather History
1994 – There was a significant outbreak of severe weather across north and central Alabama on Palm Sunday. The severe weather began in the morning around 9:00 AM CST and continued throughout the day and into the nighttime hours. The weather affected Alabama in waves with four waves of weather moving through the state. Six tornadoes affected the area with the strongest one being a F4 that struck St. Clair, Calhoun, and Cherokee counties. This is the one that hit Goshen United Methodist Church during the middle of their Palm Sunday service, killing 20 people and injuring 92. NWS Birmingham has a great webpage on the event, just CLICK HERE to visit the page.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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