Strong Storms Tonight/Early Friday… Much Cooler Weekend! – Thursday Forecast Update – 4:45pm #alwx


Good Thursday afternoon! Our weather has turned out hot and unsettled this afternoon, with a few spotty storms happening over the western side of the state. Scattered storms will remain possible into the evening hours, but not everyone will get rain between now and midnight. The higher rain chances area-wide will come in late tonight, as a strong cold front approaches the state. A line of showers and storms will enter northwest Alabama sometime after 2am and track eastward through Alabama during the early morning hours. Storms along and north of I-20 may approach severe levels, with damaging winds, but the severe risk is fairly low for our state. Mainly, storms will produce thunder and wind as they move through.

Expect some storms at times on Friday, but the rain will come to an end from west to east during the afternoon hours. Temperatures will fall quickly this evening, as cool and dry air take over the state. A breezy northwest wind will develop as the front passes through the state during the afternoon hours on Friday.

High school football Friday night should be dry for all of west and central Alabama, as the cold front moves east. It’s still a close call getting all of the rain out of here, but the news is looking better in terms of getting the games in ok. Temperatures will drop quickly after sunset, with most areas in the 50s by the end of the local games!

Temperatures on Saturday will struggle to reach 70 for areas along I-20, but 60s are likely for highs north of I-20. Expect lows to reach the upper 40s for most areas starting off Saturday morning. Saturday will also start off rather breezy, until an area of high pressure moves over the area Saturday evening. Temperatures Saturday night will make a run for the low to middle 40s across west and central Alabama, which will make for jacket weather. Expect highs to warm into the upper 70s Sunday afternoon, with a full dose of sunshine.

A batch of showers is possible on Monday and Tuesday, as a weak disturbance tracks across the state. It will not rain all day, but expect more clouds than sun both days.

Alabama takes on Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday afternoon, with a 2:30pm kickoff. Temperatures will start off at kickoff near 70, then drop into the middle 60s at the end of the game. Expect sunny skies for that game. Auburn plays LSU in Auburn on Saturday, with a 6pm kickoff. Expect temperatures to start off in the lower 60s at kickoff, then fall into the upper 50s at the end of the game, under a clear sky.

The tropics are quiet…

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