Storms Gradually End From West to East this Morning… Chilly Air Arrives Tonight! Friday AM Update – 5am #alwx


At 5am, we’ve still got a batch of strong storms tracking eastward across Alabama. The storms started off in far west Alabama just after 1am, then slowly moved from west to east across the state. Fortunately, I haven’t heard of any major damage from these storms.

What now? At 5am, the main axis of heavy rain and thunder was lined up from Gadsden to Alabaster to Centreville to Linden. These storms are moving east and will exit east Alabama into Georgia by 8am this morning. With the leading edge of the storms for areas in central and east Alabama, expect heavy rain, gusty winds and intense lightning for about an hour. Behind the leading edge of the storms, we’ve got lots of light to moderate rain stretching back into east Mississippi. The back edge of that rain will come to and end from west to east through the mid to late morning hours, with most of our area going rain free by 11am. A few showers are possible after this ends, until the cold front moves through during the early afternoon. Once the morning round ends, anything additional popping up on radar won’t last long and some areas will not get any more rain this afternoon.

It will get much cooler tonight!!! While watching the radar, I’ve been also looking at the latest forecast guidance numbers. Models suggest temperatures will drop into the middle 40s on this Friday night, with highs in the upper 60s on Saturday. By Saturday night, all of west and central Alabama will dip into the 40s, with a few upper 30s possible for the cooler spots northeast of Birmingham. These next 2 nights will be the coolest nights so far this season.

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