MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A weakening cold front is slowly drifting into north Alabama as of this writing. It will sink southward, stall out near us, and be a focus for shower and storm development over the upcoming weekend. While it won't rain on everyone, multiple clusters of showers and thunderstorms will develop over the state Saturday and Sunday, and your weekend plans need a rain backup option, just in case.
The coverage of rain will start around 20% in the morning and rise to 50-60% by afternoon. So, it doesn't rain on everyone, but many of us will have at least a downpour. Where it rains, it could rain very hard, with thunder, lightning and some gusty wind.
With the added clouds and scattered rain, it won't be as hot as it could be. Afternoon temperatures will top out in the upper 80s to lower 90s, near or perhaps a couple degrees below normal for this time of year.
Rain coverage slowly fades to around 30-40% for next week, as a slightly hotter pattern slowly emerges late in the work week.
In the tropics, things are quite active! Hurricane Beryl continues to move towards the Caribbean Sea. It will likely strengthen some over the weekend, but we think its long term prospects are dim, due to a hostile environment over the Caribbean.
Closer to the United States, Tropical Depression Three has formed off the North Carolina coast. It will likely become Tropical Storm Chris over the next few days, before getting scooped up and carried away from the U.S. Its direct impact to land should be confined to the immediate coasts of North and South Carolina, likely in the form of some rough surf and rip currents.
Neither of these systems are expected to impact the Gulf of Mexico, so weekend beach plans are a go.
Josh Johnson, WSFA First Alert Chief Meteorologist