First Alert: Nice Tuesday, but damaging storms could return on Sunday

Weekend severe weather threat looms

Damaging storms possible later Saturday night into Sunday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Leftover showers will gradually diminish across the state this evening; showers will exit the eastern counties of the state no later than 9 or 10pm. That will set us up for two phenomenal Spring days. A sunny sky, warm temperatures and lower humidity headline the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Highs head for the mid 80s both days, with no rain.

A strong storm system heads our way late Saturday night into Sunday.
A strong storm system heads our way late Saturday night into Sunday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A front blows through the state Friday, a few scattered showers or storms are possible, but the majority of the rain will go north of us.

That front lifts back northward on Saturday, and we’ll have to dodge rain with it again. No severe weather, though.

Then, Sunday arrives. The latest guidance from the European model is ominous; it paints a deep surface low to our northwest, warm, muggy air in place, and strong low and mid-level jet dynamics streaking overhead. Someone in the Deep South will likely deal with tornadoes, large hail and gusty wind Saturday night into Sunday.

Severe weather becomes possible late Saturday night into Sunday.
Severe weather becomes possible late Saturday night into Sunday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

That’s the big picture setup. The devil’s in the details, as always, though. We’ll be able to nail down the timing, location and impact of this threat later this week. This is all still subject to changes in either direction - we could end up with just rain, or we could end up with something much more intense.

Damaging storms become possible this weekend, especially late Saturday night into Sunday.
Damaging storms become possible this weekend, especially late Saturday night into Sunday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Still - it’s Palm Sunday, and the pews will likely be full. If you’re in a position of leadership at a church, now is the time to prepare. Be sure that you have a properly working NOAA Weather Radio, someone listening to it and monitoring the weather, and a plan to get people to a safe place quickly.

We expect a big crowd in Opelika on Thursday! We’ll have free food from Taco Mama, Philly Connection and Newk’s for the first 400 people who show up at Southern Union. Miracle Ear will be on hand, offering free hearing aid replacements for those lost in the tornado. We’ll be giving away a few weather radios, and programming any weather radios you already have. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to sell any.

We’ll also have representatives from the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Lee County EMA, Alabama EMA, FEMA, American Red Cross, Small Business Administration on hand. AND - storm shelter companies, plumbing and HVAC contractors for those who need home repairs. Plus, bouncy houses for the kids. Hope to see you there.

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