First Alert: Rain, storms likely Thursday

Low-end severe weather risk for Alabama on Thursday

First Alert: Rain, storms likely Thursday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A classic week of Fall weather is ahead for Alabama, which means a little bit of everything. Warm, mostly sunny weather dominates on Wednesday, rain and storms roll through on Thursday, then a big shot of cooler air arrives Friday and into the weekend. Let’s take it one day at a time...

WEDNESDAY: A mix of sun and clouds will allow temperatures to warm into the lower 80s across much of the area. A few isolated, light rain showers are possible, mainly west of Selma. Trick or treaters will see only a small chance of a quick shower; most stay dry and warm. It will be breezy at times, too.

THURSDAY: A line of showers and thunderstorms booms through the state Thursday. Instability levels are low, with the highest storm energy remaining near the immediate Gulf coast. The greatest helicity and wind shear will likely line up over north Alabama. That said, there’s a small chance that we see enough overlap - most likely in south Alabama - of shear and storm energy to produce rotating storms.

In that scenario, these storms could be capable of producing damaging wind and/or a brief, isolated tornado. The risk is low, but not zero.

The timing favors the morning in west Alabama...

...then the midday and early afternoon hours for the rest of us:

FRIDAY AND BEYOND: Noticeably cooler air sweeps into the state on Friday. A weak upper trough will glide overhead, too, which could be enough to touch off a few isolated, light rain showers. Most stay dry. Cool, dry weather headlines the weekend forecast, with sunshine and upper 60s for Saturday. We’ll approach 70 for a high on Sunday. Enjoy!

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