A few scattered showers/storms until tomorrow; Rainy Sunday: The Alabama Weather Blog

RADAR CHECK: A band of thunderstorms moved through the northwest corner of Alabama early this morning; one storm produced small hail over Colbert County just before dawn. The rest of the state will be mostly cloudy with temperatures typically in the 60s. Like yesterday, we will report some risk of widespread showers and storms later today and early tonight, but many places will be dry. Highs will be in the low 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much will change tomorrow; It will be a mainly cloudy day with a chance of some showers or storms. It doesn’t rain all day, and not everywhere. Highs will be in the 70s over North Alabama, and near 80 over the state’s southern counties. More rain will fall on Sunday as a wave of low pressure forms on a surface front over South Alabama. Still, it won’t be rain all day, but rain will likely occur for much of the day, with highs only in the 50s over northern counties, about 20 degrees below average for this time of year.

NEXT WEEK: Dry air returns Sunday night and Alabama weather looks rain-free Monday through Wednesday with a warming trend. Some colder spots in North Alabama could reach the upper 30s early Monday morning, but highs Wednesday will be above 70 degrees. We report a small risk of showers on Thursday, followed by a higher chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm on Friday. Watch the video briefing for maps, images and more details.

RACE WEEKEND: A few passing showers are possible tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway, but there is a good chance the races will happen. Skies will be mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s. Sunday’s weather continues to look wet and cold for April, with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s during the day. Understand that it won’t rain all day, but rain is a good possibility for most of the day, which will make getting the Geico 500 in a challenge. It’s possible, but a delay is likely, and they may have to move Monday when dry air returns.

ON THIS DATE IN 1927: A deadly tornado outbreak occurred in central Illinois, killing 21 people. The first tornado touched down near Hardin, traveled northeast through Carrollton and then skimmed the south side of Springfield. In Carrollton, a teacher was killed when she held the school door closed, saving the lives of her students.

ON THIS DATE IN 1986: A major storm system produced ten tornadoes in Texas. One of these tornadoes virtually destroyed the town of Sweetwater. The tornado struck at the unlikely time of 7:17 am. One person was killed and 100 were injured.

ON THIS DATE IN 2009: A total of 18 tornadoes touched down across Alabama; one person was killed in Marshall County in the Asbury community.

Watch here for the next video briefing this afternoon at 3pm…enjoy the day!

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