Monday's heavy rain and thunderstorms cleared North Alabama just after midnight Tuesday morning with the passage of a strong cold front. We've seen clear skies and much drier air rush into North Alabama from out of the northwest. Expect mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 60s today - that ~15 degrees above normal highs.
Around 10:30 pm Monday night, just north of Birmingham, a destructive and deadly tornado ripped through Fultondale, Alabama.
A survey team from the NWS will survey damage of buildings and vegetation to determine the peak winds, width and distance on ground of the Fultondale Tornado. Shear tracks in the .gif below show observed rotating winds from radar as the tornadic thunderstorm moved through the Fultondale area.
North Alabama's next rain chance is Wednesday. We actually have two separate opportunities tomorrow. The first round of showers moves in from out of the south early Wednesday morning. Most data indicates that the showers will struggle to reach the Tennessee River. Best rain chances will be in Marshall and Dekalb Counties.
The reason the showers stop at the Tennessee River Wednesday morning is because another cold front is rapidly approaching from the northwest Wednesday afternoon. Scattered showers are possible with round two. The bigger headline is the cold air behind the front. This cold air-mass is responsible for afternoon highs in the low 40s Thursday afternoon.