Big Time Rain Event Through 9am, Then, Scattered Storms Possible Through The Rest of Today…Tuesday Update 5am

Good Tuesday morning! As of 5am, lots of rain is moving across parts of central and west Alabama, with a big batch of strong to severe storms moving to the southeast at 3o to 40mph. The final batch of strong to severe storms is about to imact places like Tuscaloosa and Northport around 5:30am, then continue south to imact HWY 80 between 6am and 8am. This is the second round of strong to severe storms much of the area has dealt with this morning, with the first batch south of Montgomery now. Behind the storms there’s a lot of light to moderate rain, with some lightning can be expected for a few hours. Along the line, expect intense lightning, heavy rain and strong gusty winds. The stongest storms are over Jefferson, Shelby and Chilton County, where there’s a severe thunderstorm warning until 6am. There are some big flash flooding issues along Interstate 65 over Jefferson and Shelby County, so please use caution when driving. The rain hasn’t been heavy enough to cause any flash flooding issues over much of the west Alabama.

Some areas southwest of Greensboro hasn’t picked up a drop yet. I still expect southwest Alabama to pick up some rain before the event is over today. Showers and storms will continue to increase in coverage as they spread south and southeast. If you have to drive this morning, take some extra time on the wet roads, especially in areas that has had wind damage and flash flooding. Most of the issues have been along a line from Hamilton to Jasper to Birmingham to Clanton.

The upper air disturbance that has brought the rain to our area is about to move out later this morning, so I expect a gradual decrease in shower and storm coverage after 8am, with only the risk of scattered to isolated storms for the rest of the day. We’ll even get a little sun at times as we approach lunch and the early afternoon hours. Look for highs to reach the 90s today, as the sun returns this afternoon. Again, a few extra storms are possible later today and this afternoon, after this early morning round of storms moves on.

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Richard Scott

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