Hot Saturday… Storms By Late Sunday… Friday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out very mild this afternoon, with all of west and central Alabama getting close to the 90 degree mark. It’s a breezy afternoon, with south winds transporting moisture northward ahead of Sunday’s rain/storm event.

Expect temperatures to remain very mild tonight, with a low near 70. Highs on Saturday will approach 90, under a partly sunny sky. There is a small chance of a stray afternoon storm on Saturday, but most areas will remain dry.

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There are lots of questions being asked about Sunday. Here’s the latest… It sure looks like most of the day will be dry, with a breezy south wind. By 4pm, a line of strong to severe storms will start to move into extreme west Alabama. Based off our latest computer model data, the environment supports a slow moving squall line, with very heavy rain and a few areas of damaging strait line winds. All of west and central Alabama has the potential to experience strong gusty winds, very heavy rain and intense lightning, but the higher risk of a storm producing damaging wind over 60mph will be west of I-65.

There is a low end risk of a spin-up tornado over west Alabama, but this event doesn’t support a big tornado risk. We’ll need to carefully watch trends over the next 24 hours to make sure that doesn’t change, but I feel confident that this is mainly a heavy rain and strong wind risk. Some computer model data suggests our area could get 1 to 4 inches of rain Sunday late afternoon into late Sunday night. See the map above for the time-line for your area…

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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