As of 11:00 am this morning, nearly all of Central Alabama is cloud-free and is basking in the bright sunshine. There are some clouds that are moving through the northeastern parts of the area that are in the process of dissipating and probably will be gone within an hour or two.
It is still rather chilly outside as of the 11:00 am Roundup. Temperature readings were ranging from the upper 30s in the northwest to the mid-40s in the southeast. Troy and Montgomery were tied at 46 degrees as the warm spots. Haleyville was the cold spot at 38 degrees. Birmingham was sitting at 41 degrees.
Once those clouds dissipate over the northeastern parts of the area, we’ll have maximum sunshine across all of Central Alabama through the rest of the daylight hours. That may help those cool afternoon highs feel a little warmer as we are only going to top out in the upper 40s to the lower 50s across the area. We’ll continue to stay clear through the evening and late-night hours before some clouds start to move in from the northwest after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s to the lower 30s. The warmer lows will occur where there will be cloud cover.
We’ll have some clouds over the north and northeastern parts of the area through much of the day on Friday with a very small chance of a few sprinkles or even a few flurries early. There will be a clipper moving through the area throughout the day, but it will be moisture-starved, so the risk of any sprinkles/flurries will be very limited. For the rest of Central Alabama, skies will be mainly sunny and no precipitation is expected at all. Afternoon highs across the area will be much warmer, reaching the mid-50s to the lower 60s.
POTENTIAL FOR STRONG/SEVERE STORMS ON WEDNESDAY
We’ll have a rather strong system move across the area during the late-night hours on Tuesday and through much of the day on Wednesday that may have the potential for strong to severe storms. Early model indications show a decent amount of instability and wind shear along and out ahead of a cold front as it moves through the area. It is still way to early to know for certain if a severe threat will materialize for Alabama, but we’ll get a better idea within a couple of days.
The Storm Prediction Center has defined a Slight Risk for severe storms on their Day 6 Severe Weather Outlook (Tuesday) from East Texas through a good bit of Arkansas and Louisiana, and nearly all of Mississippi. They do not have an outlined threat on their outlook for Wednesday as of yet, but I’ll continue to keep you posted if there is a risk defined.
We do have The Bassmaster Classic that will be taking place next week on Lake Guntersville (Friday through Sunday). High pressure looks to be in charge through much of the event that will keep us dry through Sunday morning, with rain possibly moving in by Sunday afternoon.