Chance of rain and storms increases for the weekend

The chance of rain and storms increases for the weekend. Some areas may receive more than 1 inch of rain through Sunday (Image: WHNT News 19)

The chance of rain and storms increases for the weekend. Some areas may receive more than 1 inch of rain through Sunday (Image: WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – While the stubborn September heat will continue well into next weekend, an increased chance of rain and storms this weekend may provide a few with some beneficial rain and some slightly cooler weather.

A weak cool front moving into the region Saturday slows, stalls, then essentially dissipates by Sunday night. The upper-air system forcing the front south still brings enough dynamics (lift) to get scattered showers and storms going both days.

For Saturday, the best chance of some locally-heavy rain comes over Northwest Alabama with more isolated, pop-up activity around the Huntsville-Decatur area and points east toward the Georgia border. Rain and thunderstorm coverage could be fairly widespread in North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama through 4 p.m. Saturday; then those storms shift east toward Huntsville through 7 p.m. (diminishing as they move east).

A more organized area of showers and storms develops Sunday morning near I-65 and slowly expands to cover much of Northeast Alabama through the afternoon and evening. Locally-heavy downpours could drop over an inch of rain in less than an hour.

If you have outdoor plans either day, just be sure you’re aware of the surroundings whether you’re at Depot Days in Hartselle, Boom Days in Fort Payne, a college football game, or just doing yard work. These storms can sneak up on you if you’re not watching the radar, and since they aren’t driven by one single feature, they can occur almost anywhere around here during the warmest part of the day.