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Rain, A Few Strong Storms For Alabama Tomorrow

| April 26, 2023 @ 3:01 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have a few scattered showers across Alabama this afternoon, but the rain is not especially widespread, and the southern counties are seeing a decent amount of sun. Temperatures range from the 60s over North Alabama, to the low to mid 80s down south where the sun is out. We will maintain the chance of a few scattered showers and thunderstorms statewide tonight.

TOMORROW: An organized area of rain and storms will push through the state tomorrow, and SPC has defined a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms for South Alabama… for areas south of a line from Grove Hill to Fort Deposit to Phenix City. A “marginal risk” (level 1/5) extends northward to the Tennessee state line.

The core threat of heavier storms will be over the southern quarter of the state, where the air will be most unstable. The main threats will come from small hail and strong straight line winds, but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out… especially south of U.S. 84. Rain will be heavy at times across South Alabama, where rain amounts could exceed one inch.

The risk of severe thunderstorms over the northern half of the state is low, and there is no tornado threat there. Rain amounts over North Alabama will be generally 1/2 inch or less.

The core window for rain tomorrow initially will come from 9pm until 5pm. A few additional showers and thunderstorms are possible tomorrow night as the upper trough approaches.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We will mention the risk of a stray shower Friday morning, but a decent part of the day will be dry with potential for some clearing by afternoon. The high Friday will be in the mid 70s.

We are getting better clarity on the weekend weather situation. Almost all of North and Central Alabama will be dry Saturday with a partly sunny sky along with a high in the 70s. However, a surface low in the northern Gulf will set up a rainy day for the Gulf Coast Saturday.

Some rain is possible statewide Saturday night into Sunday morning, followed by drier air pushing into the state Sunday afternoon. The high Sunday will be close to 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Much of next week looks dry at this point with highs mostly in the 70s. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1986: The Chernobyl nuclear power station in Kiev Ukraine suffered a massive explosion. The radioactive cloud of particles and gas carried westward and northwestward, contaminating large areas of Europe in the following week.

ON THIS DATE IN 2011: A total of 55 tornadoes touched down across several states, including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas. Most of those tornadoes were weak, but a few of them caused considerable damage. A long-tracked wedge tornado caused EF-2 damage in rural portions of Texas and Louisiana. It was the beginning of the “Super Outbreak” of tornadoes that would peak on the next day, April 27, 2011.

Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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