Chilly Tonight… Warmer With Weekend Rain Ahead… Wednesday Eve Forecast Update – 5:50pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday evening! Chilly air has temporarily made a return to the state, as a cold front has pushed southward across the area today. We had a big rain lastnight and this morning across the area, with storm reports of 1.50″ to 3″.

Storms were pretty noisy as they moved through very early this morning, and we even had some damage reports to the south of I-20 after 5am. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in Jemison in northern Chilton County. This was a very random spin-up tornado, as there were little indication a tornado would touch down and there was no warning for the storm that produced a weak tornado. A few other damage reports occurred across northern Marengo County and southern Sumter County near HWY 80. You can’t blame the National Weather Service for not triggering a tornado warning, as the environment wasn’t really favorable for tornadoes and the storm that produced one only had very weak rotation. This is a classic situation where you have to be on your toes this time of the year when dealing with storms.

We’ll start off Thursday morning chilly, with a light freeze for some areas, especially north of I-20. Expect a nice warm-up during the afternoon hours, with a high near 60 under a sunny sky.

Clouds gradually increase on Friday, with a few showers expected during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will approach the middle 60s on Friday. As a cold front approaches northwest Alabama on Saturday and Sunday, rain will become widespread. The front should stall out to our northwest, so we will not catch the cooler air behind the front, but we can expect a big soaking at times over the upcoming weekend. Highs will top out in the upper 60s on Saturday and we could touch 70 on Sunday.

Showers decrease in coverage on Monday, with highs in the middle to upper 60s. Showers will increase in coverage again by Tuesday or on Wednesday.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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