It’s cooler this morning than it was yesterday with temperatures ranging from the upper 30s into the upper 40s. We’ll start the day with high, thin clouds overhead. You should still see a decent amount of sun through the clouds early. The cloud cover will build through the day, and thicker clouds can be expected this afternoon. Highs will warm into the upper 60s and lower 70s. A few isolated storms may develop this afternoon, but most of us will stay dry until a line or cluster of storms moves in overnight. That storm line will approach from the west, but shouldn’t move into NW Alabama until after 11 p.m.
The storms will work their way across the Valley during the early morning hours of Saturday. Some storms could be strong with gusty winds, small hail, and frequent lightning. A brief, spin-up tornado is also possible. Rain should taper off Saturday morning.
How the morning rain/storms end will play a role in determining whether or not we see storms fire up Saturday afternoon. If the rain hangs on through the late morning, it would diminish our storm chance in the afternoon. If storms do develop for Saturday afternoon, they would likely intensify rather quickly. Any storm that forms could become strong/severe. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, and an EF2-3 type tornado would be possible.
Any storms would end that night, and Sunday should be quiet with mostly sunny skies. Highs should be in the mid/upper 70s. Clouds will increase Monday, but we should stay dry. Rainier weather moves back into the Valley Tuesday.
Stay weather aware this weekend, and have multiple ways to receive weather alerts. You can download our weather app by texting APPS to 44848. It can send push notifications to your phone when watches/warnings are issued, and we also stream our severe weather coverage on the app as well.
-Meteorologist David Ernst