Thursday is a First Alert Weather Day for the potential for heavy rain and isolated damaging winds from strong thunderstorms. This doesn’t appear to be a high impact event but there could be some areas of North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee that see flash flooding and damaging winds up to 60 mph.
The threat for strong storms will develop around the lunch hour and continue into the evening. A warm front will begin to move across North Alabama around sunrise Thursday and right behind it warm and moist air will return to the area. A few showers and isolated storms will be possible along the warm front for the morning commute but they will quickly lift away to the north as a stronger system approaches from the west.
By late afternoon we expect widespread thunderstorm activity with strong gusty winds (35-45mph) and torrential rain. Rainfall totals could exceed two inches in some areas and street flooding will be possible for the afternoon and evening commute. Storm chances will begin to taper off by 11pm. It will remain muggy the rest of the night with morning lows around 60.
Thursday morning, we will have updates on air, Facebook live and push alerts on the WAFF 48 First Alert Weather App. At 1pm we will begin streaming coverage on the First Alert Weather App and provide updates on air at the top and bottom of the hour.
Friday will be warm and muggy with a few storms possible during the evening. Highs will be around 70 on Friday.
Over the weekend another strong storm system will move in late Saturday afternoon. Right now, it looks like we will see a round of showers and thunderstorms Saturday that could develop by 10am and last into the afternoon. More storms are possible Sunday but the threat for more widespread severe weather could end up along the Gulf Coast.
Keep checking back for updates to our active weather for the rest of this week on our First Alert Weather App and through social media.
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