A deep, dynamic storm system is heading in our direction and will influence our weather by Thursday night.
This area of low pressure deepened close to 970 mb Thursday, which is pressure equivalent to that of a CAT 2 hurricane. It is very unusual for a storm’s pressure to fall this low across the Plains. Severe weather and blizzard conditions are accompanying this storm system; wind gusts over 90 mph were clocked in Colorado.
Here in sweet home Alabama, however, it was a warm, cloudy and overall quiet Wednesday, and we can expect more of the same for the first half of Thursday.
Thankfully, we won’t see much of that extreme weather by the time this system influences us. Much of the day Thursday will remain dry, besides a few light showers in western Alabama. Downpours and storms will slowly move eastward across central and south Alabama Thursday night before tapering from west to east Friday. The chance for severe weather is very low, but not zero, for northern and western counties. Before you go to bed Thursday night, make sure you have a safety plan in place and multiple, reliable ways of receiving weather information that will wake you up, just in case.
Cooler air will follow the rain with highs this weekend staying in the low 60s. Saturday night lows drop into the 30s and could result in some patchy frost.