In a matter of 30 minutes, storms rapidly developed and we will continue to see clusters of showers and storms forming the rest of this morning and into the afternoon and evening hours. As they mature, storms will begin to contain more lightning, produce heavy rainfall, gusty winds over 40 mph and perhaps some marginally severe hail. These storms will be slow movers once again and possibly cause some localized flooding. If winds exceed 40 mph, tree limbs could be snapped.
What's good about the storms? Well, they water your lawn and garden and they cause temperatures to fall some 10° to 20°. If you don't get a storm today then it's going to warm into the 90s and feel like it's in the lower 100s.
When will storms fizzle? Storms will tend to weaken quickly after 7pm. But the chance increases again after midnight across northwest Alabama as storms along a cold front approach. Storms will be strongest as they enter the state overnight and could produce large hail and damaging winds. The counties that stand the best chance of severe weather overnight are Marion, Lamar, Winston & Cullman. There is a small chance for a strong or severe storm as far south as the I-20 corridor including Aliceville, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Pell City, Anniston & Heflin. The best chance for strong storms across this zone sets up between 3AM-9AM Saturday.
Storms re-gain strength early on Saturday afternoon along the I-59/I-20 corridor and push southward with time. A heads up across this zone and points southward between 12pm-7pm Saturday. Strong or severe storms will once again be possible, mainly south of I-20. The storms and cold front push southward on Saturday night and the refreshing air we have all been waiting for arrives on Sunday! Dew points drop into the upper 50s which will make highs in the middle 80s feel like highs in the middle 80s! Woo hoo!!
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Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist