Rain and wind remain tonight, all other threats dwindle

Forecast

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10:40 p.m.

The severe threat has all but ended across Alabama. We will still have rain and wind to contend with tonight, but the severe threats have dropped. There just isn’t much, if any, instability in the atmosphere. I can’t rule out an early morning boom of thunder, but for the most part this will end up just being some good ole sleeping rain.

9:10 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm watch has been canceled for Central Alabama.

Pockets of heavy rain and gusty winds will continue this evening into Thursday morning.

8:15 p.m.

What started as a linear, squall line in Mississippi has become a broken line of showers. Winds are going to be strong ahead of the showers, followed by periods of heavy rain tracking from west to east.

Our western-most counties are being trimmed from the severe thunderstorm watch as the initial line moves through. Heavy rain and breezy conditions will continue this evening.

Because of saturated soil, it is possible trees are knocked down. But, the overall severe weather threat is low for the remainder of the evening. 

6:30 p.m.

A broken line of storms is currently racing through West Alabama. While the initial edge of storms prompted severe thunderstorm warnings, right now, everything is below severe criteria. Winds are still strong and could gust to 30-40 mph as the storms move through your area. 

5 p.m.

SETUP: The set up will be similar to last week; a warm front lifts north with a developing area of low pressure and cold front sweeping through.

THREATS: Overall, the main threat will be damaging winds along a squall line that forms. We can’t rule out a tornado or two either, but with how saturated the soil is, it won’t take much for a strong wind gust to knock over trees and power lines. Everyone should be aware of these threats through the early morning hours tomorrow. We are also expecting some heavy rain later tonight and early Thursday, which could lead to isolated flooding in spots that have been picked up the most rain since Monday. 

TIMING: A squall line will approach West Alabama between 7 and 8 p.m. The I-65 corridor from Cullman to Chilton County will see the storms approach around 9 p.m. and then East Alabama by 12 a.m.

We start to dry out on Thursday, but also cool down quickly. It’ll be another one of those upside-down days when our high temperatures occur in the morning and we cool down the rest of the afternoon. Temperatures will settle in the 40s after lunchtime and will continue to fall as clouds clear out overnight. It’ll be chilly for Friday morning, with lows falling below freezing, with some in the 20s. There is a chance for some icy spots on roads Friday morning if we don’t completely dry out before then. 

Friday afternoon will be mostly sunny and cool with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s. We’ll quickly see temperatures come up after another cool morning on Saturday, highs will reach the mid and upper 50s Saturday afternoon. We stay dry with moderating temperatures through the end of the weekend and start of the workweek.


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