Dry Through Tomorrow; Strong/Severe Storms Possible Sunday

| April 16, 2020 @ 5:46 am

ANOTHER COLD ONE: This should be the last significant threat of a freeze and frost for most of Alabama until October. Here are some temperatures just before daybreak…

Black Creek 29
Oneonta 29
Fort Payne 31
Heflin 31
Gadsden 32
Hueytown 32
Weaver 32
Cullman 33
Bessemer 33
Haleyville 34
Grayson Valley 34
Anniston 35
Decatur 35
Pell City 36
Demopolis 36
Huntsville 37
Birmingham 38
Prattville 38
Tuscaloosa 39
Montgomery 44

Look for a nice warm-up today; with ample sunshine we will enjoy a high around 70 degrees. Tomorrow will be dry as well; the sky partly to mostly sunny with a high in the mid to upper 70s. Clouds will increase tomorrow night.

SATURDAY: A cold front will bring a band of showers into the northern half of the state very early Saturday morning. Best chance of rain comes from 3:00 until 8:00 a.m…. and amounts should be 1/4 inch or less. The rest of the day Saturday will be dry with some afternoon sun along with a high around 70 degrees.

STRONG/SEVERE STORMS SUNDAY: Models have trended northward with the surface wave that is expected to move along the front, and SPC has defined a severe weather risk of much of the state Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. An enhanced 30 percent area is over the southern half of the state.

A surface low will move across Alabama Sunday evening; the exact track of the low will determine the greatest risk of severe storms. Areas south of I-20 will have potential for thunderstorms with large hail, damaging wind, and a few tornadoes. The risk is a bit more conditional to the north, but severe storms are possible for North Alabama as well. For now it looks like the main window for severe weather comes from 3:00 p.m. Sunday until 3:00 a.m. Monday, and rain amounts will be 1-2 inches.

NEXT WEEK: Rain ends early Monday, followed by afternoon clearing. Tuesday will be dry and mild, then another signifiant system will bring the threat of strong, possibly severe thunderstorms, back into Alabama at some point in the Wednesday/Thursday time frame. Way too early to be specific; just something to watch for now. Drier air returns at the end of the week… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THiS DATE IN 2008: Typhoon Neoguri forms over the South China Sea on the 15th and rapidly intensifying to attain typhoon strength by the 16th, reaching its peak intensity on the 18th with maximum sustained winds near 109 mph. More than 120,000 people are evacuated from Hainan when heavy rains cause flash floods in low-lying areas. Three fatalities are attributed to the storm, though 40 fishermen are reported missing. Neoguri made landfall in China earlier than any other tropical cyclone on record, about two weeks before the previous record set by Typhoon Wanda in 1971.

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