Rain started moving into northwest Alabama yesterday afternoon and persisted throughout much of the overnight as a cold front approached and moved through the region. The heaviest band of rain, which is also the back edge of the rain is slowly shifting east of I-65. Below is the latest radar image as of 9:13 am.
Many creeks, streams and rivers are already swollen, along with a saturated ground, minor flooding is possibly, especially in low lying areas. A Flood Watch remains in effect for counties along and east of I-65 until Sunday morning. Use caution when heading out and about.
Expect gradual clearing throughout the day, with Huntsville and Madison likely dry by early to mid afternoon, with rain lingering in northeast Alabama possibly through late afternoon. The sun is already starting to peek out in northwest Alabama, with communities west of I-65 having the best chance to see some sunshine today.
Colder air has moved in behind the cold front that is now pushing into northwest Georgia. Temperatures this afternoon will only be in the 40s and low to mid 50s at best, which is around 20-25 degrees below average for early May. Normal highs for this time of year should be in the upper 70s!
WhistleStop BBQ Festival, The Dogwood Festival, and Derby Days: It will be rainy and chilly to start, with morning temperatures in the low to mid 40s. Good news is that the rain is clearing faster than expected, with Huntsville and Madison likely becoming dry by early to mid afternoon. Winchester, Tennessee where the Dogwood Festival is taking place, will unfortunately have to deal with the rain through most of the day, with gradual clearing by mid to late afternoon. Huntsville and Madison will see temperatures this afternoon in the upper 40s and possibly low 50s, whereas Winchester may stay in the mid 40s for most of the day.
Talladega Weekend: Steady rain continues at the the Talladega Superspeedway this morning, but should come to an end over the next few hours. A wet track delay is possible for the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at 2:00 pm today, but even if there is a delay, it should still take place. It will be cool and in the 40s today, so make sure you have your coat!
There will be a break from the rain overnight, before rain chances increase Sunday morning, with showers and a few storms becoming likely by Sunday afternoon. The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Spring Cup Series is scheduled to start at 12:00 pm Sunday. The race may be delayed or postponed, depending on when the showers move in. Have your rain gear handy again and be prepared for delays. Temperatures Sunday will be in the 50s, possibly low 60s.
Tonight/Sunday: By this evening everyone should be dry, but rain chances will increase again west of I-65 towards daybreak Sunday as a cold core upper-low tracks right over the Tennessee Valley. More showers will be possible Sunday, along with a few storms possibly containing small hail, or graupel (soft hail), but no severe weather is expected.
- Jennifer Watson
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