Strong storms possible Wednesday evening into Thursday morning; Flood Watch in effect

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Our First Alert AccuTrack Satellite & Radar shows a batch of strong storms moving east of I-65 this afternoon, dumping heavy rainfall and producing frequent lightning. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a small risk – threat level 2 out of 5 – for all of Central Alabama today. The main threats today will be damaging winds up to 60 mph, large hail, frequent lightning, and heavy rainfall. Storms that develop later today will also produce a heavy rain / flash flood threat too. We are under a Flood Watch until 1 am Thursday morning. Just remember to drive through flooded areas. Turn around, don’t drown. We think another round of showers and storms to our west could continue to develop and swing through central Alabama later this evening. Latest trends are showing storms arriving after 6 pm and potentially off-and-on rounds through sunrise Thursday. Just make sure you monitor the weather and have ways to receive warnings later today. Southwest winds will be on the breezy side at 10-15 mph, even outside of any storms.

Flood Watch.(Source: Lauren Linahan / WBRC)

Mostly Dry Thursday: Models are hinting that northerly flow could give us drier conditions tomorrow. Most likely with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Dew points may end up a little lower, which means our rain chances may be very isolated tomorrow. We’ll hold on to a partly cloudy sky with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Plan for a 20 percent chance for a stray shower or storm. The greatest chance for showers and storms will likely occur across the southern half of the state tomorrow.

Storms Return Friday: Northwesterly flow is likely to continue on Friday. Another round of showers and storms could develop as we head into Friday afternoon and evening. Most likely to occur south and west of Birmingham Friday. Damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall will be the main threat. I think areas farther north and east will trend a little drier Friday. Rain chance is up to 60 percent. We’ll probably end up partly sunny Friday with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Rain and storm chances could linger into Friday night into Saturday morning with temperatures cooling into the mid 60s.

Weekend Forecast: We could see Saturday morning showers and storms across Central Alabama, but models are trending a little drier for the weekend. Saturday afternoon will likely be mostly dry with an isolated shower or storm possible. Temperatures are forecast to warm into the mid 80s Saturday afternoon with partly cloudy sky. Slightly drier on forecast to move into Central Alabama Saturday night into Sunday. Sunday will likely be dry with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. Sunday should end up partly cloudy and hot with highs approaching 90 ° F. We’ll hold on to a 20 percent chance for an isolated shower or storm, but I don’t expect to washout by any means. Sunday is looking like the driest day of the weekend.

Heat Builds Next Week: Heat and humidity will likely be the big story for us next week. Models are hinting that highs could climb into the low to mid 90s with feel-like temperatures hitting the triple digits next Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances will be a hit-or-miss with coverage ranging from 10-30 percent each day.

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