Storms will likely track south across North Alabama through the afternoon. These are the storms we mentioned last night on WBRC Fox6 News. A few of these storms will be strong and possibly severe. Make sure you have the WBRC First Alert weather app with you this weekend. These storms will primarily impact the Tennessee Valley and continue to weaken as they move farther south. However, I do think some storms will impact areas north of I-20. There is a marginal (aka low risk for severe storms) this afternoon. Widespread severe weather is not expected, but a few storms could be briefly severe.
What can you expect? Brief strong winds in excess of 40mph. This will be enough to knock down trees and cause power outages. Lightning will be intense as well as periods of heavy rainfall. The peak time for thunderstorm development is between 2pm and 7pm. The HRRR, one of our more reliable high resolution models, is indicating some of the heaviest rain and stormiest weather will impact Winston, Cullman, and Blount Counties. This will affect festivities at the Smith Lake during the middle of the afternoon.
I think the rain chances will decrease later tonight with another round of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow. We could see some rain during the morning hours Sunday and more organized rain/storms later Sunday afternoon/evening. Meteorologist Wes Wyatt will be monitoring the weather closely this afternoon. Make sure you check our First Alert weather app for updates and check his forecast later tonight on WBRC Fox 6 News.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
WBRC First Alert Chief Meteorologist