The Storm Prediction Center outlines a risk of severe for much of Mississippi and the western edge of Alabama for Saturday afternoon and evening. Rain and some storms are likely; the severe weather risk is rather low for most of Alabama, though. Cooler, drier air moves in quickly behind this system setting up a cold start to next week!
Saturday’s storms: Rain and thunderstorms in progress have a limited risk of severe weather in North Alabama Saturday afternoon. Some hail has been reported; most of it smaller than the size of a dime (severe is larger than a quarter, or 1″ in diameter):
The main wave arrives in Lauderdale and Colbert Counties between 7 PM and 10 PM, tracks eastward into the Huntsville-Decatur-Athens area around 9 PM to midnight, and passes Albertville, Guntersville, Scottsboro, Fort Payne and Gadsden by 1-2 AM Sunday.
The main impact here will be wind, and most of that will actually be what we call the environmental wind ahead of the storms; in other words, it’s going to be a windy evening well before storms arrive, so if you have Christmas decorations that are not wind-friendly, you may need to secure them Saturday!
Rain ends early Sunday morning, and temperatures fluctuate in the 50s most of the day with a stiff west-northwest breeze up to 25 miles per hour.