Scott Martin: Rain for Alabama today, dry Sunday and much cooler
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A cold front will cross the state today with showers and storms, but we will also have some activity ahead of the front in the hot and humid area. We have just enough instability for a strong to severe storm to be possible, mainly south of a line from Selma to Clanton to Alexander City to Auburn. The Storm Prediction Center presents a marginal risk of severe storms for the southern half of the state, with the potential for isolated destructive wind gusts in any stronger thunderstorm. Tornadoes shouldn’t be a problem, as the best shear remains to our west. The peaks will be between the low to the mid-1970s.
Sunday will be much calmer, with much cooler temperatures behind the cold front. Sometimes there can be a breeze; winds can blow up to 20 mph from the north. The skies will be partly cloudy, with highs reaching 40s in the mid-60s statewide.
THE WEEK TO COME: A surface low will form and begin to traverse the Gulf Coast on Monday, causing showers in the southern half of the state late Monday evening, and possibly the rest of Alabama on Tuesday. Much of the activity appears to come out before dawn on Wednesday. Highs will be in the lower 50s to the lower 60s on Monday, remaining in the 50s on Tuesday.
Raising will begin to rebuild in the southeast from Wednesday and will continue to strengthen for the remainder of the work week. The skies will generally be clear each day with highs in the mid-50s to lower 60s on Wednesday, upper 50s to mid-60s on Thursday, and lower 60s to lower 70s on Friday.
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