WHAT TO EXPECT THIS AFTERNOON: A cold front has stalled just south of Montgomery and the drier air behind this system has entered the northern part of Alabama. At last check, the dew point at Meridianville, just north of Huntsville, was down to a crisp 52°. Further south dew points remain in the muggy 60s and 70s along the I-20 corridor. I am keeping an eye on a large area of rain, basically elevated post-frontal precipitation, that is drifting east across the state of Mississippi. This area of rain is holding together and there is a good chance we could see impacts in West Alabama by 1PM. There may also be some embedded storms. Even though it is a bit cooler and drier to the north and northeast, we will continue to mention the chance for a passing shower or storm for the entire area. So keep the umbrella nearby and check the Weather App for radar updates. The rain threat will end tonight, with a nice cool down in north and northeast areas. Places like Gadsden will have temperatures in the low to mid 60s tomorrow morning!
REST OF THE WEEK: The rest of the week looks like the more typical summer setup. We will see moisture levels building, which will make for hot and steamy afternoons. High pressure will develop aloft and this will limit the number of showers and storms. That being said, each day we will have a 20% chance for a few afternoon pop-ups and some storms could produce intense lightning, with heavy rain and gusty winds.
TROPICS: Fiona has weakened into a tropical depression and that system poses no threat to our region. There is a disturbance about 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles that could become a depression or tropical storms within the next 5 days. The long range forecast tracks shows a turn northwest towards Florida and the East Coast. So if you have travel plans, be sure to check in for our tropical updates! Have a great afternoon!
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt