RAIN & STORMS LIKELY TODAY; FEW STRONGER STORMS POSSIBLE NEAR THE COAST… Numerous showers and thunderstorms are likely today across south Alabama and northwest Florida. You’ll need to keep the rain gear handy throughout the day. While the overall severe weather risk today is low, there could be a few strong to marginally severe thunderstorms offshore. There is a low chance that a couple of these storms could come close to the immediate beach zones later this afternoon into this evening. The overall tornado risk remains very low, however. The main concern in any of the isolated storms near the coast today will be damaging wind gusts. I’ll have radar updates throughout the day in the RedZone Weather app. High temperatures will peak in the low- to mid-70s today. More rain is expected in the days ahead with a chance of strong storms on Thursday before an absolutely gorgeous weekend. Let’s look at your forecast details.
MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY… I expect multiple rounds of rain and thunderstorms over the next few days, including on Wednesday. We’ll have a warm front move from south to north across the area on Wednesday or early Thursday, paving the way for a few more thunderstorms due to the slightly enhanced areas of instability in place across our region. High temperatures on Wednesday will edge up to around 80 degrees in most spots.
STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE THURSDAY… Our next more significant chance of strong to severe storms will happen on Thursday as a cold front approaches from the northwest. This will most likely be a squall line/QLCS-type scenario that moves across our area from west to east. The timing for storms at this point looks to be in the afternoon and evening hours. The tornado risk will be low, but it won’t be zero, thus we all need to have a way to get urgent weather warnings if they become required Thursday.
POTENTIAL HAZARDS ON THURSDAY… Damaging straight line wind gusts and brief, spin-up tornadoes will be the main concerns on Thursday as the squall line of storms moves by from west to east. Very heavy rain will probably be generally brief in most spots, although rain totals will be the in the 1-2” range as this system crosses our area. Cloud-to-ground lightning will be a concern.
COLD FRONT ARRIVES THURSDAY EVENING… The main reason we have a chance of a few strong to severe thunderstorms on Thursday, primarily in the afternoon and evening hours, is because of the southeastward-advancing cold front that will approach our area on Thursday. Much cooler, drier air will surge into our region from the northwest on Thursday evening. Temperatures will drop from near 80° at 3PM on Thursday to the mid-40s by 6AM on Friday. Winds will shift from out of the northwest Thursday evening. Wind chills Thursday night into Friday morning will be in the 50s and subsequently low-40s by Friday morning.
BEAUTIFUL, COOL WEEKEND UPCOMING… This will be about as perfect as you can get around here for an early November weekend! High temperatures will be in the mid-60s Friday, Saturday, and on Sunday. Overnight lows will consistently be in the low- to mid-40s across the region. Sunny skies during the day and clear skies at night are expected.
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I’ve got all the details for you in your Tuesday #rzw forecast video… Have a great day!