Much Cooler, Light Rain At Times

| April 19, 2019 @ 5:47 am

COOLER, SOME LIGHT RAIN: A deep, cold core upper low will move through Alabama today. Heavier thunderstorms over Southeast Alabama are moving out of the state, but we will still forecast periods of light rain today. We might even hear of some small hail with light rain showers this afternoon due to the cold air aloft associated with the upper low. Temperatures won’t get out of the 50s today… next time we have a day this cool will probably come in October.

To the east, there is a “moderate risk” (level 4/5) of severe thunderstorms today for parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Lingering clouds tomorrow morning will exit the state quickly and we expect a sunny afternoon with a high in the mid 60s. Easter Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply; we start the day in the 40s, and the high will be in the upper 70s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather will be warm and dry Monday through Wednesday with highs up in the low 80s. Then, moisture levels rise, and we will have some risk of showers and storms by Thursday and Friday. Model consistency has not been good on the details of the new trough, and it remains to be seen if this system will bring a threat of strong or severe thunderstorms.

And, confidence in the forecast for the following weekend (April 27-28) is not high… but a decent part of it should be dry. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

LAST NIGHT’S EVENT: An MCV (mesoscale convective vortex) rolled through Northwest Alabama, knocking down hundreds of trees. As of early this morning Alabama Power reports 25,000 customers without service statewide. One person was killed; a 42 year woman died when a tree fell through her home at Wattsville, near Pell City in St. Clair County. A 10 year old child was home at the time, but his injuries were very minor.

ON THIS DATE IN 2009: Several bands of severe thunderstorms developed across Alabama during the late afternoon and lasted into the evening hours. These thunderstorms produced 18 tornadoes, large hail, and locally heavy rainfall.

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