Tracking the Tropics: Slow-moving Sally battering the coast, impacts for Central AL start today


Impacts from Sally are on the way for Central Alabama starting today with increased rain chances through the afternoon. The slow-moving storm will continue to batter the coastal areas with the worst of the weather, but showers are possible for us, mainly in the afternoon. Rain shouldn’t be overly heavy, however it could last for most of the afternoon, so expect more steady light to moderate rain through tonight. Temperatures will stay lower with the clouds and rain chances around. Highs will only reach the mid and low 80s. 

Wednesday and Thursday, Sally will bring the worst of the weather into Central Alabama. Let’s start with the rainfall risks as the heavy rain bands and the center of Sally moves across the state. A Flash Flood Watch will start at 1 AM on Wednesday and last through Thursday morning. Six inches of rain is likely for a large chunk of our southern counties, with a few places seeing more than that. No matter where the heaviest rain occurs, everyone should be ready for the flooding threat. 

There will also be a small threat for severe weather, including tornadoes for areas south of I-20 on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. Gusty wind will be possible with some of the thunderstorm bands that form as the remnants of Sally move across the state as well. Most of us should see sustained winds on the order of 15-20 mph through Thursday. As the storm changes shape and speed, these threats may need to be adjusted so please stay tuned to the forecast. 

Our weather gets much, much better by Friday. We’ll still see some lingering rain by Friday morning, but by the afternoon, we should see a clearing sky and some drier air starting to move in. This weekend looks awesome, with cooler-than-normal temperatures and lots of sunshine for both Saturday and Sunday.

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