Severe Risk Now Much Lower… Mainly Heavy Rain… 1:45pm Monday Update #alwx @wvua23
January 2, 2017 Leave a comment
At 1:45pm, the National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for Marengo and Sumter County. It sure looks like it’s the coastal storms for the win! As discussed for the past few days, there were 2 distinct possibilities in terms of our severe weather risk for today. Given the coastal storms continue to block the inflow of needed instability into central Alabama, it appears the risk of severe weather is now much more limited in our local area. However, storms that track in from the southwest will be intense this evening and produce very heavy rain, gusty winds and frequent lightning. I’m concerned that some areas could get enough heavy rain to cause isolated flash flooding.
At 1:45pm, a large area of moderate to heavy rain covers much of central and east Alabama. Storms stretch southwest into southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi. Another round of intense storms near Jackson, MS is moving northeast and will impact west Alabama sometime between 3pm and 8pm with very heavy rain, intense lightning and gusty winds. As the warm front over south Mississippi and southwest Alabama slowly moves northward, uplift ahead of that will likely increase the coverage of rain across the state through this evening. Rainfall amounts have already surpassed 1 to 5 inches across a large portion of the state. Additional rain amounts of 1 to 3 inches are likely through this evening.
Storms will come to an end from west to east between 8pm and 11pm tonight.
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