SUNDAY UPDATE: Line of Strong Storms Today – Much Cooler Monday – More Storms Wednesday

Good Morning!  We’ll be tracking a line of storms advancing southward, across the state, along a cold front, today.  The line of storms will reach central Alabama by lunchtime and out of the state by sunset.  Much cooler air follows. Yesterday’s high was 86.  We’ll be in the 40’s tonight.  Monday’s high will barely reach 70.

     Looks like the main event this week will be Wednesday.  An approaching cold front will bring some strong thunderstorms into the state.  It’s possible some storms will be severe.  However, this will not be anything like the magnitude of the Severe Outbreaks on March 17 and March 25. 

    Much cooler air will follow.  We may fall to the middle 30’s by Friday morning.  What a big change! 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: This morning, a narrow severe thunderstorm watch continues in effect for 8 north central Alabama counties until 10AM. 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail is possible. A brief tornado can’t be ruled out.

TODAY:  A Line of thunderstorms will move southward to central Alabama by lunchtime and reach southeast Alabama by late afternoon.  A few storms could be strong, possibly severe.  We are in a Marginal Severe Weather Risk today.  Damaging wind gusts are the main risk.  It appears the tornado risk in this situation is very low.

Here’s a few Future Radar snapshots.  This will help you plan your day. 

Very breezy today.  Winds shifting to the NW after the front passes your location.  High 78.  Colder tonight.  Low 45.

NEXT FEW DAYS:  Much cooler Monday.  Nice day.  High 70.  Risk of thunderstorms returns Tuesday afternoon.  Showers and storms likely Wednesday.  Perhaps strong/severe.  MUCH cooler Thursday.  High barely 60.  Mid 30’s by Friday morning.

Here’s the set-up on Wednesday.  Thunderstorms become likely.   It’s possible some storms will be severe.  This does not appear to be a major tornado day, like we experienced on March 17 and March 25.   Much cooler air will follow the front.

After the late week cold snap, look for a major warming trend later on during that first week of April. 

TORNADO SURVEYS CONTINUE:  Ten tornadoes have now been surveyed by National Weather Service Birmingham, including five strong tornadoes (EF-2 or higher).  (One EF-3). 

The Surveys for the Chilton-Coosa tornado, and the Clay/Randolph tornadoes are interesting.  Both were strong EF-2’s after 9PM.  They were part of the same parent supercell thunderstorm, which went on to spawn the EF-4 tornado which destroyed Newnan, GA. At Midnight.  Here’s a link to the latest surveys.

https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=202103280151-KBMX-NOUS44-PNSBMX

POLLEN:  The folks at pollen.com have us in the medium-high region today and the high pollen range on Monday.

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I’ll have a complete video update tomorrow morning. Stay weather aware for a few strong storms today.

–Rich