Memorial Day Weekend is upon us!
This weekend, we pause to solemnly reflect upon and remember those who have fallen to protect our American Freedom.
The weekend also marks the unofficial start to summer and the end of another school year.
No matter how you choose to spend the holiday weekend, there are many events and activities taking place across the Valley, and you'll want to keep an eye on the weather if you plan to spend time outside.
After a mild start Saturday morning, temperatures will quickly climb into the 90s in the afternoon.
A few scattered thunderstorms are possible late in the afternoon through early evening: While we are expecting "hit-and-miss" storms as opposed to a widespread "washout", the few storms that do develop may become quite strong to possibly severe (gusty 60+ mph winds would be the main threats).
Where the storms don't develop, it will be very hot and very humid Saturday afternoon. If you are planning on spending time outside Saturday (say, at the Alabama Jubilee), prepare for the heat by drinking/packing extra water and slathering on the sunscreen. Also keep the umbrella packed in the "go" bag in case rain develops; our Live Alert 19 app will let you know when rain -- and even lightning! -- are located near your location.
Be weather aware late Saturday night through early Sunday morning: Right now, we are anticipating strong to severe storms to move from middle Tennessee south into northern Alabama between 10pm Saturday and 7am Sunday. We could see strong to severe wind gusts that are capable of downing trees as well as power lines.
Once the line of strong to severe storms moves south early Sunday morning, the atmosphere should be worked over enough to limit the amount of showers and storms in the afternoon. Where it does not rain, cloudy sky conditions will keep temperatures suppressed to the lower 80s. Sunday would be the best day to spend indoors checking out the latest summer blockbuster movie, or even prepping in the kitchen for Monday's cookout.
More scattered showers and storms are expected Monday, but again, the rain will be scattered in nature: not everyone will receive rain on Monday afternoon and evening.
Morning lows will be in the 60s with overcast sky conditions, which means those who are participating in the Cotton Row Run will not experience extreme heat as they run through the streets of downtown Huntsville.
A few showers and storms will develop in the Valley throughout Monday afternoon, but they will not be widespread. This means that any Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies should not be cancelled, but rather keep an eye on the sky and build a "Plan B" in the event that a shower rolls through while events take place.
No matter how you choose to spend the holiday, we hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!