Monday Morning, April 24, 2017
Meteorologist Jake Reed/Meteorologist Ben Smith

Cloud hang around today – warmer late week

Forecast for Monday morning through Monday afternoon (Image: WHNT News 19)

The organized areas of heavy rain and storms have shifted well east of the Tennessee Valley, but the upper-level storm system is right on top of us. This feature produced mainly light rain and drizzle across the Valley during the day Sunday. Some low clouds and areas of drizzle may continue, especially in the higher terrain, through daybreak. The sky may stay cloudy much of today, but the odds of any measurable rain is low.

With the upper-level storm system still overhead, temperatures will once again be below average. Expect highs in the middle 60s to near 70 degrees. It is possible a few communities closer to the Georgia border up on Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain may stay in the 50s much of the day Monday. There will also be a cool northwest breeze. Our weather turns very warm after Monday: highs return to the middle 80s by Wednesday and we could touch 90 degrees by the end of the week.

Two damage surveys completed on Sunday: Teams with the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville completed two storm damage surveys on Sunday following Saturday’s powerful storms. NWS teams found damage consistent with an EF-1 tornado in northwestern Cullman County near Jones Chapel. The NWS says this tornado had 100-mile-per-hour winds. The team also found a large area of wind damage near Battleground.

The other survey team traveled to Franklin County where they found EF-0 tornado damage near Pleasant Site. The NWS also said a microburst was responsible for the wind damage near Phil Campbell and Spruce Pine.

WHNT News 19 sent out breaking news push alerts out from the WHNT News 19 mobile app as crews completed their surveys Sunday. Download the app here and make sure you have breaking news and weather push notifications turned on to receive future alerts.

A team with the National Weather Service will also survey damage in Jackson County today.

Late week warming trend: We likely make it to the middle to upper 80s Friday into next weekend. Right now the next big storm system holds off until Sunday night and Monday with heavy thunderstorms. That would keep Panoply mainly dry! Stay tuned!

Tennessee Valley Forecast:

TODAYCool and damp in the morning. Mostly cloudy and breezy throughout the day. High: 70. Wind: NW 5-10.

TONIGHT: Mostly clear, cool and dry. Low: 53. Wind: N 2-5.

TUESDAY: Sunny, dry and very warm. High: 79. Wind: W 5-10.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear, dry and cool. Low: 57. Wind: S 5-10.

WEDNESDAY: Sun and clouds mixed. A little more humid in the afternoon with one or two showers or storms possible. High: 84. Wind: SSW 15-25. Rain: 10%.

THURSDAY: Humid and very warm with a few afternoon showers or storms possible. High: 82. Wind: WSW 5-15. Rain: 30%.

FRIDAY: Windy and very hot. A few communities may touch 90 degrees briefly. A pop up shower is possible. High: 87. Wind: S 10-20. Rain: 20%.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and hot. High: 89. Wind: SSE 12-22.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy, hot and very breezy. A stray shower or storm is possible very late in the day. High: 89. Wind: S 12-22. Rain: 20%.

MONDAY: Warm and breezy with a round of rain and thunderstorms likely. High: 76. Wind: SW 10-17. Rain: 50%.

TUESDAY: Cool in the morning. Sunny, dry and pleasant in the afternoon. High: 75. Wind: WNW 7-14.