Occasional Showers/Storms Through Wednesday; Drier Thursday/Friday

| May 10, 2021 @ 3:21 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have a few small, isolated showers across Central Alabama this afternoon, but most of North/Central Alabama is rain-free with a mostly cloudy sky. A few patches of blue sky have shown up, and temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 70s along and south of I-20. But, to the north, temperatures are only in the 60s over the northern third of the state, north of a stalled surface front.

Rain continues to fall over Southeast Alabama this afternoon, but there is little thunder there, and SPC has removed the “marginal risk” for South Alabama.

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: The stalled surface front will meander across Central Alabama. Several rounds of showers and storms are likely tomorrow and tomorrow night, and SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe thunderstorms for roughly the southern half of the state. A few storms over South Alabama tomorrow could produce small hail and strong, gusty winds.

The high tomorrow will be in the 70-75 degree range for most of the state. Then, on Wednesday, the front gets a southward push, and the high will be only in the 65-70 degree range for the northern half of the state, about 15 degrees below average for mid-May. A few scattered showers are possible Wednesday and Wednesday night; the most widespread rain will likely come over the southern counties of the state, south of the surface front.

Additional rain amounts between now and Wednesday night will be in the 1-2 inch range for much of the state.

THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Dry air will move in during the day Thursday; morning clouds will give way to a partly sunny afternoon. Temperatures remain unseasonably cool for May with highs in the mid to upper 60s. Then, look for sunshine in full supply Friday and Saturday with a warming trend. The high Friday will be in the mid 70s, and close to 80 by Saturday afternoon. Sunday is expected to be a dry, warm day with a partly sunny sky along with a high in the low 80s.

NEXT WEEK: A developing upper ridge over the region will keep much of the week dry and warm with highs in the mid 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Andres remains weak this afternoon in the eastern Pacific with winds of 40 mph. It is expected to dissipate over the open Pacific over the next 48 hours well west of the Mexican coast. The Atlantic basin hurricane season opens June 1.

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: An EF-1 tornado moved through Marengo County in West Alabama, producing damage in Linden. Flash flooding also affected Linden. Several roadways were temporarily impassable due to high water and a few buildings suffered water damage.

ON THIS DATE IN 2010: Oklahoma experienced its largest tornado outbreak since May 3, 1999. Fifty-five twisters tore through the state, including two rated EF4. The EF4 storms took three lives and injured 81 people. Ironically, both EF4 tornadoes struck Norman, Oklahoma, home of the Storm Prediction Center and the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Fourteen additional tornadoes hit Oklahoma during May 11-13. The May 10 disaster racked up insured property losses of $2 billion.

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