Weekend rainfall could dampen outdoor activities

Published 1:10 pm Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rainfall could be expected in Chilton County this weekend, putting a damper on some of the outdoor activities planned.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to enter the area late Friday afternoon into Friday night, according to Mark Rose, meteorologist with the NWS.

“It is looking like there will be rain on Friday,” Rose said. “If the clouds and rain linger into Saturday morning, it would decrease the severe weather threat we could see on Saturday. If it moves out quickly, we could see some severe weather on Saturday afternoon.”

Rose said April is typically the peak month in Alabama for severe weather, making it more common for active weather.

“If we do end up seeing a threat for severe weather, it could possibly include hail, wind and a threat of tornadoes on Saturday,” Rose said. “We will just have to monitor it and see.”

On Friday, there is a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with partly sunny skies and a high of 76 degrees.

There is an 80-percent chance of rain on Friday night with a low of 64 degrees.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely on Saturday morning before 1 p.m. with a high near 80 degrees.

The rain should clear out on Saturday with Sunday temperatures expected to reach 82 degrees with plenty of sunshine.

Several events planned throughout the county this weekend are scheduled to be outdoors. Rose encouraged everyone to remain weather aware by monitoring the weather through severe weather apps and weather radios.

Chilton County Relay For Life scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Jefferson State Community College due to the threat of rain.

The schedule will remain the same with the event beginning at 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The survivor lap will be at 6 p.m. Individuals may still bring their tents to set up and there will be a place to grill, which will be outside.

•A Civil War Living History Program will be held at Confederate Memorial Park on Friday and Saturday. The Friday session will be held for school groups with the Saturday session open to the public. Organizers said they will monitor the weather and “play it by ear.” A Living History Program will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday with a skirmish beginning at 1 p.m. There will be free admission for all outdoor activities, and museum admission will be $2 with no reservations required. Confederate Memorial Park is located at 437 County Road 63 in Marbury. For more information, call (205) 755-1990.

•Clanton Elementary School will hold Field Day from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on Friday at Chilton County High School’s football field. Organizers said on Thursday if it rains they will most likely have activities inside or plan to reschedule the event for a later date.

•The Chilton County Sheriff’s Department will host a rodeo on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ellison Ranch at 895 County Road 800 in Jemison. On Thursday, organizers said the event was still scheduled.