Weekend storms produced large clusters of hail

Published 12:53 pm Monday, March 25, 2013

Storms producing large clusters of hail were reported late Saturday night near Maplesville, Verbena and Clanton.

Meteorologist Holly Britton with the National Weather Service in Birmingham said three rounds of storms throughout the area on Saturday brought rounds of hailstorms from 8-11 p.m.

One-inch hail was reported in Maplesville at 8:15 p.m. with nickel size hail reports near Verbena and half-inch hail in southwest Clanton.

Another round of storms came through the area producing clusters of one-inch hail in Clanton along Interstate 65 Exit 208.

Britton said tree damage was also reported at Higgins Ferry Park with damage done to vehicles from falling trees. The same line caused damage to a home in Verbena.

“This time of year we start seeing more severe weather,” Britton said. “When you have temperatures aloft that are very cold, it often produces hail which is why we have been seeing more hailstorms the last couple of weeks.”

Although temperatures will remain cool for the beginning of the week in the low 50s, Britton said the rest of the week should be sunny and dry.

“The temperatures will start warming up toward the end of the week and Chilton County should see highs in the 60 degree range,” Britton said. “The next chance of rain will be Friday night into Saturday.”