Friday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:30 PM

A good Friday to you! There’s no doubt many of you were woken up by strong winds, heavy rain and some lightning last night, as a line of powerful storms worked across the state. There were numerous reports of damage across our area, with the most extensive tree and power line damage coming from areas north and west of Tuscaloosa. As the line of storms worked southeastward, they gradually weakened. You can scroll down for many of the damage reports in last night’s blog updates. If you have any damage reports in your areas, feel free to post them on the comment section of this blog post. I’ll pass any reports to the National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

The next 48 hours will feature nice weather, as we’ll be in between two storm systems. The next trouble maker in the forecast arrives on Monday. If you have plans outdoors this weekend, expect nice and dry conditions. After a cold night tonight, with lows in the upper 30s, temperatures will quickly warm into the lower 70s tomorrow afternoon. We’ll have a good supply of sun on Saturday. Clouds will gradually increase tomorrow night and on Sunday. Our southern counties will hang on to plenty of sun on Sunday, but for areas north of Tuscaloosa, skies will become mostly cloudy on Sunday. Temperatures will easily reach the upper 70s on Sunday, as a warm and moist flow develops out of the gulf.

A vigorous storm system organizes west of Alabama over the weekend and into Monday. The cold front should arrive in our area during the midday hours on Monday, with a trailing band of strong thunderstorms. Some storms could become severe on Monday, with the main threat being in the form of damaging winds. I doubt we see much in the way of tornado activity around here, as the best dynamics are well north of the state. That being said, we have to watch any storm system this time of the year for that threat. If anything changes, we’ll let you know about it over the weekend and on Monday as well. Forecast highs are in the middle 70s on Monday, so expect a very warm day again.

Some cooler air arrives on Tuesday, but temperatures won’t be that much cooler. It looks like the core of the cold air will miss us to the north. That’s great news because many plants are in bloom right now. A freeze or frost would be devastating at this point. It’s still early in the season, so a freeze or frost is still possible before we get well into spring.

The good news is that as the cooler air settles in on Tuesday, a quick warm-up will be happening out west. This will quickly spread eastward, placing our highs back into the 70s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Be sure to join me today at 4, 5, 6 and 10 on WVUA-TV for the latest on your forecast. Have a great day!

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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Line is moving east fast! Update at 12 AM Friday

The squall line is through Tuscaloosa and downtown Birmingham. There are numerous severe thunderstorm warnings along the line, where there are all kinds of reports of wind damage. Winds will gust 50 to 70 MPH along the line across all of central AL. The line will be through Linden, Marion and Centreville by 1am. The line will gradually weaken over the next few hours, but expect damaging winds along the line until 1am. The good news is that the severe weather threat is over for Tuscaloosa and points north and west.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

Storm Reports updated at midnight

Reports from the NWS in Birmingham…

Report of roof blown off building on 171 north of Fayette

1 Wnw Hackleburg [Marion Co, AL] public reports TSTM WND DMG at 10:20 PM CST — two large trees down along old hackleburg rd.

Report: winds gusting to 65mph at my location 7 miles North of Jasper along HWY 5 at this time

Morris [Jefferson Co, AL] emergency mngr reports NON-TSTM WND DMG at 10:30 PM CST — a few trees down due to gradient winds.

 Vernon [Lamar Co, AL] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 10:30 PM CST — trees and power lines down county wide.

5 Nw Fayette [Fayette Co, AL] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 10:34 PM CST — barn blown onto highway 107.

3 N Fayette [Fayette Co, AL] broadcast media reports TSTM WND DMG at 10:37 PM CST — roof blown off building.

10 Sw Double Springs [Winston Co, AL] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 10:48 PM CST — trees down.

Glen Allen [Fayette Co, AL] broadcast media reports TSTM WND DMG at 10:36 PM CST — trees down

Jasper [Walker Co, AL] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:10 PM CST — trees down.

Arley [Winston Co, AL] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:05 PM CST — trees down.

Sipsey [Walker Co, AL] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:12 PM CST — trees down.

York [Sumter Co, AL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:45 PM CST — trees down.

2 N Village Creek Docen [Jefferson Co, AL] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:45 PM CST — tree and powerlines down along minor pkwy at the high school.

1 Wnw Nesmith [Winston Co, AL] fire dept/rescue reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:05 PM CST — roof off mobile home and trees down on cr 39 at al 278.

5 S Mcdowell Camp Groun [Walker Co, AL] amateur radio reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:02 PM CST — barn damaged on duncan road between al 5 and al 195.

5 N Boley Springs [Walker Co, AL] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:00 PM CST — trees down blocking road on hwy 18 at the fayette/walker county line

1 Se Jasper [Walker Co, AL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 11:09 PM CST — damage to eastside baptist church on highway 118 next to the jasper mall.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott