Delta Nearing Landfall; Tornado Threat In Alabama Tomorrow

| October 9, 2020 @ 3:18 pm

EYES ON DELTA: Hurricane Delta is slowly weakening as it nears the Louisiana coast this evening; winds have decreased to 105 mph, and continued weakening is expected. The sky is mostly cloudy over Alabama with showers moving northward in the tropical flow. Showers will continue tonight.

TORNADO THREAT TOMORROW: As Delta moves into North Mississippi tomorrow afternoon, that will put Alabama in a position where SRH (storm relative helicity) values are high, and with models now showing higher instability values, concern has been raised about the tornado potential tomorrow. SPC has much of West Alabama in a “slight risk” (level 2/5), with a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for the rest of the state.

The main chance of a few tornadoes will come during the peak of the daytime heating process tomorrow, from roughly 1:00 until 7:00 p.m. Be sure you have a way of hearing severe weather warnings tomorrow if they are needed, and review your severe weather plan. It has been a while since we have had a tornado day.

Otherwise, tomorrow will be a cloudy, breezy day with occasional rain and a few thunderstorms. Rain will continue at times tomorrow night and into Sunday morning; the rain will end from west to east during the midday hours Sunday. Rain amounts will be in the 2-3 inch range across Northwest Alabama, with 1-2 inches for the rest of the state. Flooding is not expected. Highs over the weekend will be in the 75-80 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: The weather will be warm and dry Monday through Thursday with highs mostly in the low 80s; cooler air arrives Friday with highs dropping into the 70s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Most of the high school games were moved to last night; for those games being played tonight periods of rain are likely with temperatures falling into the low 70s.

Tomorrow, Auburn hosts Arkansas (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Occasional showers are likely during the game, with a south wind of 8-16 mph. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Alabama will take on Ole Miss on the road at Oxford (6:30p CT kickoff). A good chance the heavier rain bands will be north and east of Oxford by the new kickoff time, but a few showers are still likely with winds of 12-25 mph. Temperatures will be in the low 70s.

Jacksonville State will host Mercer (2p CT kickoff); occasional showers are likely with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

ON THIS DATE IN 1804: The famous Snow Hurricane moved ashore near Atlantic City on this day. After briefly passing through Connecticut and into Massachusetts, cold air was entrained in the circulation with heavy snow falling between New York to southern Canada. Berkshires Massachusetts and Concord New Hampshire record two feet of snow with this hurricane. This storm produced the first observation of snow from a hurricane, but not the last. Hurricane Ginny of 1963 brought up to 18 inches of snow to portions of Maine.

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