North Alabama Weather Blog
Weather Information and Forecasts for the North Alabama Area
Jan
29.
: Posted: 2:01 pm
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It’s quiet across North Alabama this afternoon. A mostly cloudy, but warm day with temperatures generally in the mid to upper 60s. A few peeks of sunshine are possible this afternoon west of I-65. Low clouds have been hanging tough over areas east of I-65 in Northeast Alabama, holding temperatures near 60 so far today.
 
Little to no precipitation expected today or this evening, nothing more than a brief passing light shower. Temperatures through tonight will hold steady between 65-70 or so.
 
Below is the latest severe weather outlook (click for larger image) from the Storm Prediction Center:
 

 
Thunderstorms will approach NW Alabama after midnight, eventually spreading eastward over the rest of North Alabama into Wednesday morning. Here is the current thinking…
 
TIMING: Thunderstorms will move into NW Alabama after midnight (perhaps 1-3am) and will exit Northeast Alabama by around 10-11am Wednesday morning.
 
MAIN THREAT: The main threat with severe thunderstorms tonight will be strong damaging straight-line wind gusts – in excess of 70mph in some instances. There is also a tornado potential, especially if thunderstorms are able to form ahead of the squall line. The tornado potential is a little greater over North Mississippi and perhaps areas over extreme West Alabama near the Mississippi state line.
 
BOTTOM LINE: No, not everyone will see severe weather at their particular location – however, severe thunderstorms are a possibility over the entire area. The threat is a little greater west of I-65, and especially near the Mississippi state line. However, everyone should be aware and prepared for the RISK and have a way to receive the latest weather warnings issued overnight. Have a way to receive those warnings while you are sleeping. THIS IS NOT a day where we will see multiple tornadoes on the ground, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
 
Once the thunderstorms move out Wednesday morning, cooler air will filter into the area – temps falling into the 50s Wednesday afternoon, 40s by Wednesday evening. Winds will continue to be very gusty out of the northwest into Wednesday night.
 
Thursday and Friday will be sunny and cool with highs 45-50, morning lows 25-30.
 
THE WEEKEND: Small risk of a few light showers on Saturday, otherwise the weekend will be mainly dry with highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s.
 
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