Severe Storms Possible Friday Night

| March 29, 2023 @ 5:54 am

PLEASANT DAY AHEAD: A dry airmass covers Alabama this morning, and we expect sunshine in full force today with a high in the 66-76 degree range. Tonight will clear and chilly; colder spots will dip into the mid to upper 30s with some potential for a little light frost. Tomorrow will be another sunny day with a high in the 70s.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: The day Friday will be dry, warm, and breezy with a high in the low 80s. Then, an organized batch of rain and storms will push into Alabama Friday night. SPC has defined an “enhanced risk” (level 3/5) across the northwest corner of the state around the Shoals… there is a “slight risk” (level 2/5) as far south as Aliceville, Gardendale, and Scottsboro. A “marginal risk” (level 1/5) is up as far south as Butler, Clanton, and Heflin.

The core window for severe storms will come from around 9:00 p.m. Friday through 7:00 a.m. Saturday. All modes of severe weather will be possible, including hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes. The highest tornado threat will be in areas north and west of Birmingham.

This will be another overnight event, and like last Friday night, everyone will need to have a reliable way of hearing severe weather warnings.

By early Saturday morning the rain will be over the North/Central Alabama; the sky becomes partly sunny with a high around 80 degrees. A few showers and storms are possible across South Alabama Saturday afternoon… for now severe storms are not expected there.

Sunday will be a nice day with ample sunshine along with a high in the 75-82 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Moist, unstable surges northward, and we will have some risk of showers and storms daily during the first half the week. Another vigorous storm system will bring the risk of severe thunderstorms to the Deep South sometime in the Tuesday/Wednesday time frame… way too early to be specific on this threat. The weather looks dry Thursday and Friday… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 2007: A high school athlete was struck and killed by lightning at a track meet in Carbondale, Illinois. A bolt or 2 had been seen miles away, and a distant rumble of thunder was heard before the deadly strike. A reminder that when you hear thunder, you have to go indoors even if it is not raining.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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