Weather blog: Possible severe weather overnight

Weather blog: Possible severe weather overnight

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This handy graphic shows our storm risk tonight. Source: WBRC This handy graphic shows our storm risk tonight. Source: WBRC

UPDATE: The lines of storms FOX6 StormWarn is watching could now hit our northern counties around 3 a.m. It has produced severe thunderstorm warnings in other areas and we will continue to monitor.

The FOX6 StormWarn team is monitoring a system that could produce strong to severe storms in the northern parts of Alabama after midnight tonight.

We've experienced very little change in our weather today, with more hot and steamy conditions across west, central, and east Alabama.

While several cumulus clouds have been bubbling up across the area we've only detected a few small showers on radar. Things could get a bit more interesting overnight as a cluster of storms drops southeast out of the Ohio Valley.

Our higher resolution models are suggesting a thin band of rain/storms could reach our northern areas after midnight. Some of these storms could be strong or severe, with the possibility of damaging straight line winds and hail.

Thursday the cooler outflow boundary left over from this activity should serve to trigger additional scattered storms as temperatures approach 90 degrees. Once again a few could be on the strong side, with high winds and hail.

Weekend Forecast: A strong summer cold front is expected to drop in on Friday and this will bring a good opportunity for rain and thunderstorms. This front should dissipate over southern areas on Saturday and this will most likely be the portion of our area with the greatest chance for a developing thunderstorm. The good thing is that I don't see a weekend washout, with rainfall activity remaining quite spotty through Sunday. Temperatures this weekend will be cooler, with highs in the 80s.

Week of the 4th: A cooler and more unsettled pattern should materialize by Monday afternoon as a long wave upper level trough develops over the Eastern United States. This will bring partly to mostly cloudy weather for the first half of next week, with scattered showers possible each day. For now we're going to forecast seasonal temperatures and partly sunny weather for the big holiday, with only a few isolated afternoon t-storms. Scattered afternoon storms should be more numerous along coastal areas.

We'll have the latest on the overnight storm threat at 5, 6, 9, & 10 on Fox 6.

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