9:30PM March 31, 2019

HIGH LEVEL ALERT TEST ON WEDNESDAY… We will have a High-Level Alert Test this Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 1PM CDT in the RedZone Weather app. The forecast for Wednesday is dry and nice, so we won’t have to reschedule this because of severe weather. You should receive a push notification at 1PM Wednesday if you have the RedZone Weather app installed on your iOS or Android device AND you have allowed the app to send push notifications. This test will be done on a quarterly basis going forward. After the test on Wednesday, April 3, the next one is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3.

NEW VERSION OF APP FOR iOS RELEASED… Apple has just approved the latest version of the RedZone Weather app for distribution in the App Store. Version 2.5 completely revises the Alerts tab area, clarifying expectations for specific weather alerts. Several bug fixes and new features are also included in this update. Visit the App Store on your iOS device and install the update ASAP. The equivalent update for Android devices will be released on Monday.

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8:06PM March 31, 2019

SHOWERS CONTINUE NEAR N.W. FLORIDA BEACHES… Light rain showers continue near Navarre, Eglin Air Force Base, Destin, Niceville, and Fort Walton Beach on this Sunday evening. Rain will end over the next few hours in these areas. It is QUITE chilly across our region with temperatures near 50° as of 8:06PM.

Overnight lows will be around 40° by daybreak Monday morning.

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1:28PM March 31, 2019

SHOWERS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON; QUITE CHILLY… Cooler air is rapidly moving into south Alabama and northwest Florida on this Sunday as stratiform rain showers continue near coastal areas. Don’t expect the warm temperatures to return today as cool, drier air continues to rush in. The good news is we will have a quick temperature turnaround over the next 2-3 days. We will likely have another round of rain on Monday ahead of a few dry days midweek. Another storm system is getting organized and will move through later this week. We’ll have to monitor for the potential for a few strong to severe storms late Thursday into Friday because of that. Let’s look at a few details…

RADAR CHECK AS OF 1PM… Scattered rain showers continue on this Sunday afternoon, especially in communities closer to the coast. The Mobile, AL KMOB radar shows a cluster of showers with a few embedded thunderstorms approaching coastal Alabama and areas near Perdido Key in northwest Florida. Much of this precipitation will remain offshore over the next few hours. Regardless, it’s a pretty miserable day to be out on the beaches.

SHOWERS TO LINGER OVER NEXT FEW HOURS… Occasional rain will continue through early evening. I expect most, if not all, of the rain showers to be well to our east by 7PM this evening. Temperatures won’t be moving much over the next few hours. Now that the cold front has passed through our area, temperatures likely won’t be able to hit the upper-50s in most spots today, meaning most of us will be stuck in the low- to mid-50s. Grab those jackets if you’ve got to be outside today!

COOL NIGHT AHEAD… Overnight lows on Monday morning will be around the 40 degree mark in most spots. This likely will be the coldest night out of the next 7 days as we’ve got much warmer days and nights ahead by the end of the week.

MAINLY DRY MONDAY; FEW SHOWERS IN THE EVENING… Much of the day on Monday should be dry across south Alabama and northwest Florida. There will likely be a few isolated rain showers in the evening hours (mainly between 5PM and 10PM) as another area of low pressure slides across our region. Severe weather is not expected and thunderstorm action should remain offshore.

DRY TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY… The middle part of the week should be dry with increasing temperatures. Highs on Tuesday will be around 72° followed by temperatures increasing to near 80° by Wednesday afternoon. Overnight lows rise to around 50° by Thursday at 6AM.

MORE SHOWERS & STORMS ON THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY… Our next “weathermaker” approaches from the west late Thursday into Friday. We note the Storm Prediction Center has included much of Mississippi in their Level 2 (out of 5) slight risk zone valid for Thursday evening. It seems logical that our area will be included in at least the low-end, marginal risk zone valid for Thursday evening. We’ll keep you posted about this over the next few days. Be sure to check back with me for updates. Be aware NOW that we could have a few strong storms around late Thursday into Friday. Something to monitor…

See all the graphics and details in your Sunday #rzw forecast video… Enjoy your evening!

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6:33AM March 31, 2019

LINGERING SHOWERS & COOLER TEMPERATURES… Those are your two prominent weather headlines on this Sunday. We will be stuck in the 50s today across south Alabama and northwest Florida with showers likely this morning. Rain will clear out from west to east this afternoon. No severe weather is expected.

My next forecast video and text discussion will be posted by 1:30PM. See you then!

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1:15AM March 31, 2019

SCATTERED SHOWERS CONTINUE… Rain showers continue to move eastward across south Alabama as of 1:15AM. I expect rain to linger into the daylight hours of Sunday morning.

The severe weather risk remains very low and at zero for many spots. You may hear a clap of thunder over the next few hours, however.

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7:15AM March 30, 2019

WARM SATURDAY BEFORE A FEW STORMS TONIGHT… Cloud coverage will increase on this Saturday ahead of a few showers and thunderstorms that will move by tonight into the early part of Sunday morning. Temperatures will be at their peak around 3PM today near the 80 degree mark. Following that, there is a good chance that temperatures won’t increase much at all on Sunday as a potent cold front moves by. Let’s talk about your weather details…

MAINLY DRY THROUGH SUNSET… No significant rain or storms are expected until after the sun goes down this evening. High temperatures will peak around 80-81° this afternoon under increasingly cloudy skies. There will be some sun in the mix, especially this morning.

GREATEST RAIN CHANCE OVERNIGHT… Rain chances peak in the 11PM to 5AM range as a cluster of showers and thunderstorms is expected to move by. The severe weather risk for south Alabama and northwest Florida remains very low and at zero for many spots. Thunder and lightning will be possible in addition to heavy downpours of rain. I will have radar updates as needed in the RedZone Weather app.

LEVEL 2 SEVERE WEATHER RISK TO THE NORTH… Much of the northwestern part of Alabama is now involved in the Storm Prediction Center’s Level 2 (out of 5) slight risk zone valid for later today. This means that a few isolated strong to severe storms may happen. The tornado risk, even in this Level 2 risk zone, remains LOW. The risk today in the included areas will mainly be from the wind and hail potential. In Alabama, a few samples of the places included in the lower-end risk zones: Livingston, Aliceville, Fayette, Hamilton, Double Springs, Decatur, Athens, Moulton, Russellville, Muscle Shoals, and Florence. We note that Jackson (MS), Tupelo (MS), Oxford (MS), Starkville (MS), Jackson (TN), and Nashville (TN) are also included in the low-end risk area.

COOLER AIR SURGES IN OVERNIGHT… Sunday will be quite chilly with a brisk (10-20mph) north wind and lingering showers. Rain will be possible during much of the daytime hours on Sunday, but it likely won’t be an “all day washout” for any given spot.

ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN LATE MONDAY… Another area of low pressure will approach from the west late in the day on Monday, setting off the potential for a few showers. Cool, stable air will be in place, thus the potential for severe weather remains very low.

WARMER END TO NEXT WEEK… Temperatures quickly rebound into the mid-70s by Wednesday of the upcoming week. The end of the week (Friday and Saturday, a week from today) look wet and potentially stormy with temperatures in the low-80s in the afternoon hours.

Have a great Saturday!

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