Tuesday is a First Alert Weather Day for the possibility of severe storms across North Alabama and southern Tennessee during the afternoon and evening. Forecast guidance has consistently shown a dynamic weather system emerging in the southern Plains early next week. Conditions will be unseasonably warm ahead of that system as it approaches the Valley next Tuesday.
In the short term, you can expect plenty of sunshine the remainder of the day. Winds will be out of the northwest around 5-10 mph with highs into the low/mid 50s. Skies will stay clear tonight and lows should remain above freezing into Saturday morning. Saturday will be warmer with highs climbing into the mid 60s.
Winds become southerly over the weekend leading to an even milder start to Sunday with temperatures around 50. Skies will become mostly cloudy Sunday, but afternoon temps should still reach the mid-to-upper 60s. Scattered showers with an isolated t’storm possible Monday.
Tuesday is a First Alert Weather Day for the threat of strong-to-severe storms. Humidity increases locally ahead of a powerful storm system...providing the fuel for developing storms. You will notice the more spring-like feel by Monday. Highs should be near 70° both Monday and Tuesday. Strong to severe storms should develop across sections of Arkansas and Louisiana early Tuesday.
Those storms approach the Valley Tuesday afternoon. At this time the storm threats would include: damaging wind gusts of 50-60 mph, large hail, tornadoes, and flash flooding.
Cooler weather returns behind this system for the middle/end of next week. We’ll continue to monitor the potential for severe weather on Tuesday. Forecast guidance has been very consistent with the development of this storm system. Realize there will likely be subtle changes to the eventual track and expected conditions…we’ll keep you posted. Check back for updates and stay weather alert.
-Meteorologist David Ernst