Wet Weather Dwindles Down as Barry Shifts…Saturday Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

Sevenday_640 (10).jpgGood Saturday evening! Barry made landfall today at 1 p.m. near Intracoastal City, Louisiana as a category one hurricane, but weakened back to a tropical storm shortly after landfall. Due to a westward shift in the expected track, rain chances today did not quite play out as predicted and many areas of Central Alabama remained dry, while others received a few showers and storms. Expect this trend to continue in the next upcoming days and rain chances to decrease as Barry continues to move inland and weaken. Lows tonight will be in the lower to mid 70s and rain across the coverage area should end before midnight.

On Sunday and Monday, rain chances will be at their highest, so plan on a good chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the coverage area, but it’s important to note that this will not be an all-day event. The majority of the rainfall will occur mainly west of I-65 on both days, with lesser amounts across eastern counties. Anticipated rainfall totals have decreased and will range from a few tenths of an inch in the East to around 1.25 inches in the West. Expect highs to top out in the mid 80s and lows to be in the lower to mid 70s.

As the remnants of Barry continue to lift towards the north next week on Tuesday, rain chances will begin to decrease and we will return back into the typical summer pattern featuring hot and humid days, with mainly isolated storms that occur in the afternoon and evening. This will go on into next Friday and expect highs to be back in the low to mid 90s.

Next weekend, another upper level trough may dive south and bring another system of rain, but models are much too far out at this time to be specific.

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Chelsea Aaron
WVUA Weekend Meteorologist
Twitter: @checkwithchels

8am Saturday Tropical Update on Barry #alwx @wvua23

8am Saturday Update: As tropical storm Barry moves into Louisiana this morning, expect a few waves of showers and storms to move into our area. The track shifted a little west, so the heaviest rain will be over Mississippi. 1-3” over west AL between now & Monday, 1” for east AL.

Keep in mind, this will not be an all day type of rain event, but it would be a good idea to keep an umbrella nearby.

Severe weather is not expected in our area, and there will be no wind impact directly related to the tropical storm.

Richard Scott