Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

I hope the bumpy weather didn’t keep you up too long last night. Showers and thunderstorms marched through producing small hail, lightning, and heavy downpours. Thankfully, the storms didn’t grow severe and we received some beneficial rain. Rain totals varied from 0.38” in Selma to 0.78” in Tuscaloosa. Jasper actually measured one inch of rain.

Dry weather has made a quick return and already a red flag warning has been issued for our area. Avoid burning over the next few days, as a fire could get out of control quickly. Temperatures will only reach the lower 60s tomorrow and we will be in the 50s for Good Friday. Lows at night will be on the cold side and you will certainly need a jacket. Lows will be in the mid 30s for tomorrow night and Friday night. If you live north of Tuscaloosa be sure to bring the plants in, just to be on the safe side. Some spots to the north could easily cool off to the freezing point. There will also be the chance for some frost development.

Saturday night and into Easter morning will be the time of concern as the entire area will drop below freezing. Agriculture will be at risk as some spots may drop to near 28-degrees. Look for a light-freeze Sunday night, with a slow warm-up starting on Monday.

Be sure to join us tonight at five, six, and ten for more details!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

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SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT IN EFFECT FOR PICKENS AND TUSCALOOSA

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
106 AM CDT WED APR 4 2007

ALZ022-023-040700-
PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-
106 AM CDT WED APR 4 2007

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT IN EFFECT FOR PICKENS AND TUSCALOOSA
COUNTIES UNTIL 200 AM CDT…

AT 102 AM CDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 19 MILES NORTHWEST OF
REFORM TO 24 MILES NORTH OF BROOKWOOD…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

THE PRIMARY THREATS ARE SMALL HAIL AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS 35 TO 45
MPH. HAIL UP TO ONE HALF INCH IN DIAMETER…DIME SIZE…WILL BE
POSSIBLE. STRONG WINDS WILL BREAK OFF SMALL TREE LIMBS AND BLOW
AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS SUCH AS LAWN FURNITURE AND TRASH CANS. TAKE
ACTION TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SEEK SHELTER IN A SUBSTANTIAL ENCLOSED
BUILDING