Looking ahead: a stormy April pattern soon


This weekend will feature beautiful spring weather, and it will be a good opportunity to get work done around the house our in the lawn!

While a weak cold front will approach the region late Saturday evening, only spotty showers — at best — will pop up in the Tennessee Valley. A few more showers are likely again on Sunday, but even then they will be isolated in nature. The greater rainfall coverage may end up southeast the Tennessee Valley by Sunday afternoon.

Warmer, more humid, and more stormy…

The chance of rain jumps from Monday into Tuesday. It’s not so much a ‘storm system’ coming in; it’s an ‘area of disturbed weather.’

That means it’s some jet stream energy stirring up some showers and storms for us from Monday into Tuesday (mainly Tuesday).

While there is no obvious severe weather threat next week, it is April. It’s the peak of tornado season in Alabama and Tennessee, and we will keep a close watch on things especially with a stronger system moving in by the end of next week.

Don’t let your guard down this time of year! Even on days when there’s no outlined threat from the Storm Prediction Center, we can still have a few storms with gusty winds and hail. It’s just that time of year!

Longer-term outlook

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center sees that trend toward a stormier weather pattern by mid-month. The inner, darker green ‘bubble’ indicates moderate confidence in heavy rain in the next two weeks. Heavy rain in April? Yep. That’s probably going to mean some heavy, or even severe storms.

It looks like this could get kicked off with a round of intense storms in the region late Thursday or Friday of next week. We’re way too far in the distance to see anything other than a ‘threat’ nearby.

This kind of pattern is one you’d expect this time of year. That’s the kind of pattern that leads to April being the peak of tornado season. We’ll keep an eye on it for you!

Looking for the rest of the forecast? It’s always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

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