Scott Martin: Rain, some thunder for Alabama today, then a few days to dry

TODAY: A low pressure center begins the day in our southwest and moves northeast as the day progresses. Late in the morning light showers will move across western and northwestern Alabama, with most of the activity not moving into the state until around 4-6 p.m. Meanwhile, showers and storms will sweep through the state in the evening and overnight.

No severe weather is expected for northern and central Alabama, but some storms may become severe in southern Alabama. The Storm Prediction Center has a marginal Level 1 risk for these locations. Highs will be in the mid to high 60’s.

A wind warning goes into effect at 6am tonight and lasts until 6am Sunday for the potential of gusty winds of up to 40mph. So be sure to secure outdoor objects, especially the Christmas decorations.

SUNDAY: Much of the activity will conclude by sunup Sunday, but we can’t rule out a few leftover sprinkles over north and east Alabama. Skies are partly sunny with highs in the low 60’s to low 70’s.

NEXT WEEK: On Monday we have fairly nice weather with mostly sunny skies and highs in the 60’s.

A strong storm system is heading our way Tuesday, bringing an increased risk of severe storms in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, with a low risk extending as far as the Alabama state line. We will remain dry during the day with showers and storms moving into northwest Alabama by evening. No severe weather risks have been issued at this time, but we must keep an eye on the future outlook. The highs will be in the mid 60’s to low 70’s.

That system will continue to operate in Alabama on Wednesday, keeping rain and storms in the forecast. A few strong storms are possible and one or two can get violent, with gusty winds being the main threat. Heavy rain will likely be the main story as some locations appear to be coming in well over an inch, possibly 2 inches. Highs are between the mid 60s and mid 70s.

Much cooler, drier air is moving into the state for Thursday. Skies will be sunny with highs only in the upper 40’s to the upper 50’s for most. We continue to be dry on Friday with mostly sunny skies and highs between the mid 50’s and mid 60’s.

TROPICS: All is calm over the Atlantic Basin and no new tropical systems are expected to form for the next five days. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on Wednesday, November 30th.

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