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A Few Scattered Storms Possible This Evening; Mostly Dry Tomorrow

| April 27, 2023 @ 2:50 pm

RADAR CHECK: Widespread rain continues this afternoon across Southeast Alabama (generally south and east of Montgomery), but the rest of the state is dry with a mostly cloudy sky. Temperatures are mostly in the 60s, well below average for late April in Alabama. The average high for Birmingham on April 27 is 78.

With an approaching short wave aloft, we expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to redevelop over the northwest counties of the state over the next few hours. Not especially widespread, but the storms could be strong where they form. The air aloft will be cold, and the main threat will come from hail along with gusty winds. Tornadoes are not expected due to the forecast unidirectional wind profiles. Storms will weaken late tonight as the air becomes more stable.

Any lingering showers will end very early tomorrow, and the sky becomes partly sunny as drier air returns. The high tomorrow will be in the 70s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another batch of showers and thunderstorms will move through South Alabama during the day Saturday; SPC has defined a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for areas south of a line from Linden to Prattville to Phenix City.

While the northern half of the state is expected to be dry, showers and storms are possible across South Alabama during the day Saturday, and stronger storms could produce hail and strong winds. Rain will become likely statewide Saturday night into Sunday morning, but a decent part of Sunday afternoon should be dry. The high Saturday will be close to 80 degrees, followed by upper 60s and low 70s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: For now most of the week looks dry and mild with highs generally in the 70s. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 2011: A generational severe weather outbreak in Alabama produced 62 tornadoes, killing 252 people. There were two distinct waves of widespread severe weather… the first wave of severe storms moved through during the early morning hours in the form of a Quasi-Linear Convective System (QLCS). This intense line of thunderstorms produced not only widespread damaging straight line winds in the areas of Moody, Pell City and Riverside, but numerous strong tornadoes.

The second wave, which began with the Cullman EF-4 and Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF-5 tornadoes, involved numerous supercell thunderstorms which produced deadly long-lived, strong to violent tornadoes. Widespread and catastrophic damage was sustained in several locations. The deadliest tornado of the event was the one that moved through Tuscaloosa and the northern and western suburbs of Birmingham… it killed 65 people and injured over 1,500.

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

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