Stray Storm for Sunday, Strong Storms Monday… Saturday Forecast Update — 6:30pm

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A good Saturday evening to you! The sunshine has hung around here in Tuscaloosa all day today, keeping things nice and warm in the mid 80s this afternoon. Expect similar conditions for Sunday and the first part of Monday before a cold front swings through bringing the threat for severe weather.

Mild conditions continue tonight under a partly cloudy sky as temperatures slowly cool off into the mid-upper 60s by Sunday morning. Sunday will be fairly similar to today, with a couple stray storms mixed in for areas north of I-20. Temperatures will remain warm Sunday afternoon in the mid 80s under that partly cloudy sky.

Monday is where things get interesting. Monday morning and early afternoon will be warm, partly sunny with a stiff breeze out of the south or southwest. The frontal system will dig into the Central Midwest Sunday night into Monday, and kick off a line of storms that will likely range from Central Texas to Chicago, IL. The strongest storms will be located in the MS and TN valleys. Monday afternoon and evening, expect storms to kick off just west of the Mississippi River, before progressing east in Mississippi and then into Alabama by Monday evening and overnight hours. Damaging winds and a few embedded tornadoes are not out of the question Monday night. Hail could be mixed into these storms as well, although the threat is diminished for hail.

Once the front is through, things will cool off nicely Tuesday afternoon and evening. Highs Tuesday through the beginning of the weekend look to remain in the 70s, even with the clearing clouds late Tuesday into Wednesday. Some clouds, and potentially a couple of showers will linger into Wednesday before the system fully kicks out east onto the Atlantic Seaboard.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a slight risk for a good portion of the Midwest and the Deep South on Monday. We will continue to watch this system, its timing, and threats as we get closer to Monday evening.

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Tropical Storm Fay is currently projected to clip the island of Bermuda overnight tonight as it recurves back out into the Atlantic, and not affecting any U.S. shore. Bermuda is under a Tropical Storm Warning thanks to Fay. Other cluster of clouds and storms are beginning to catch our attention as well, both are still out in the Atlantic, and are just now trying to develop into an organized tropical disturbance. The closer of the two is projected to slowly develop and move west into the Leeward Islands by the beginning of the work week. Below is the cluster of storms near the Leeward Islands that we are watching.

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Peter Crank

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