Friday Afternoon Weather Update – 4:00 PM

A good Friday to you! We’ve certainly dealt with our fair share of rain over the past few days, with some locations picking up several inches. More showers and storms are moving across the state this afternoon, with some becoming severe on the western side of the state. Most of our area will pick up some additional rain this evening, but some big changes are ahead. A strong cold front, for this time of the year, will be moving through tonight. This front will bring noticeably cooler temperatures, with highs in the middle 80s and lows close to 60 degrees tomorrow night and Sunday night. The big change will come from the low humidity values. Some dry, continental air will move in and stay put through Monday and Tuesday.

After today’s rain, rainfall chances look very small for the rest of the week. The next chance of rain will move in on Thursday and Friday; at this point, the rain chances late next week look rather small. Temperatures will gradually warm into the lower 90s on Tuesday. Temperatures won’t get too out of hand, with highs remaining close to 90 for the rest of the week.

As for the tropics, Hurricane Bill is a powerful storm, but it will stay well away from Alabama. We are watching for the potential for a new tropical storm well out in the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center is projecting that this system could become a tropical depression in the next couple of days.

Be sure to join me tonight at 10 PM on WVUA-TV for more weather information.

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Have a great day!

Richard Scott

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Sumter County – Until 4:15 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  CENTRAL SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...YORK...LIVINGSTON...

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 312 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETECTED A SEVERE
  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL...AND DAMAGING
  WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 11 MILES WEST OF
  BOYD

..AND MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
  BOYD BY 345 PM CDT...
  YORK BY 355 PM CDT...
  THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA AND LIVINGSTON BY 410 PM CDT...
  BLUFFPORT BY 415 PM CDT...

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 8 THROUGH 17

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS.
REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

WVUA-TV's Richard Scott