Lightning and Rain Tonight…Nothing Severe…- Wednesday Update 10pm

We’ve had many viewers in west Alabama ask if we’re going to have any severe weather tonight. The answer is NO. There is no surface based instability across any of central and west Alabama. The batch of rain and storms moving through parts of west Alabama are far below severe limits. There is some lightning with this activity, but the bark is much worse than the bite. The leading edge of the rain will be moving through the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Demopolis area by 11pm and portions east Alabama after midnight.

All of west and central Alabama will deal with heavy rain through much of the night. Look for rain totals to reach 1 inch in many areas. The rain will move out of the area by early tomorrow morning.

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Radar Update…Lots of Rain Moving In… – Wednesday Update 9pm

We’ve got lots of rain on radar over portions of northwest Alabama and Mississippi at this hour. Some of this activity is producing lightning, but nothing is severe in our area. There are a few severe thunderstorms over extreme south Mississippi, but any severe weather threat will stay well south of our area tonight. Instability is far too low to have any issues up this way. We will deal with lots of rain tonight, but most of this will be out of the area by sunrise tomorrow morning.

Rain is falling over much of Winston, Marion, Fayette, Lamar and Pickens County as of 9pm. This activity is shifting east at 30mph. Heavier rain is developing over much of central and south Mississippi. It appears that a meso-low is developing near Jackson and is moving east. This will help to increase convergence and spread heavier rain into the area after 11pm in west Alabama and after 1am east of Interstate 65. Look for rain totals to approach 1 inch across much of west and south Alabama. There could be some higher totals in the mix across the area, but most spots will get around 1 inch.

Much of Thursday will be warm and dry. Highs could reach 70 with some afternoon sun. Friday will also be a dry day, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. We can expect the next change of heavy rain to arrive Saturday morning. Be sure to scroll down for the full forecast discussion.

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Lots of Rain Events Ahead…Cool and Wet Weekend – Wednesday Update 4:27pm

A good Wednesday afternoon to you! It’s been a nice and warm day with highs in the upper 60s. Most spots received a good dose of sun today, but clouds have increased quickly this afternoon. A storm system developing northwest of Alabama will bring big changes tonight. While most of the day has been dry, that will begin to change just after sunset. Showers will increase from the west through 10pm. Heavy rain will overspread much of Alabama late tonight and early tomorrow morning. There could be a few thunderstorms mixed in with the heavy rain, but I don’t expect any issues with severe weather. Instability is way too low to have any issues around here. We will watch the radar and instability values close through the overnight hours, but at this point, the threat looks very low.

A cold front will move through the area after lunch on Thursday. Rain will quickly decrease Thursday morning as the front passes through our area. The upper air shortwave will dampen out and pass well north of Alabama, so there’s nothing to get really cold air into Alabama on Thursday or Friday. We will likely reach 70 degrees Thursday afternoon as some sun peaks out. We’ll cool a few degrees on Friday, with a high near 65. Lows will approach the lower 40s both Friday and Saturday morning.

A deep upper level low over the southwest will progress east Friday and Saturday. This system will help to generate a fairly strong surface low over the northern Gulf Friday night and Saturday morning. Heavy rain will spread into the state Saturday morning through early Sunday morning. We’ll be on the north side of the low, so a cool rain will be expected. Also, we’re not expecting any severe weather issues. The low will move inland over the Florida panhandle and into southeast Alabama. Pressure values will drop below 1000mb, so conditions will become rather windy Saturday evening through Sunday. Highs will top out in the middle 50s both Saturday and Sunday. Rain will decrease after 9am Sunday morning as the low tracks northeast of the area. If we had a good supply of cold air nearby, this would be a good setup for a winter storm across parts of the area. We don’t expect any snow in Alabama due to the lack of cold air nearby.

Expect Monday to be a dry and cool day, with highs in the upper 50s. Skies will become sunny through the day. Clouds will increase on Tuesday ahead of another fast moving storm system. As a cold front moves into the area, rain will become likely on Wednesday. Highs should return into the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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