Rain & Strong Storms Ending Later This AM… Monday Update – 3:30am #alwx @wvua23
April 3, 2017 Leave a comment
At 3:30am, Monday morning, rain and thunder continues across a large portion of west and north Alabama. Rain that moved in earlier than scheduled really helped stabilize things a bit and limit the risk of widespread severe weather. While there is lots of lightning and storms seem nasty, there are no real severe weather issues being produced at this point.
A line of more intense storms are about to move across the west Alabama state line. These storms may produce isolated damaging strait line winds and intense lightning, along with very heavy rain. The best chance of a storm producing damaging strait line winds will be generally south of I-20. The best chance of an isolated tornado over the next few hours will be over deep south Alabama, closer to the Gulf Coast, but I can’t rule out a spin-up tornado as far north as HWY 80 from Demopolis to Selma. Keep in mind, this slow moving line could easily dump heavy rain enough to cause some flash flooding early this morning.
The main line itself will reach Tuscaloosa to Greensboro to Demoplis between 5am and 7am, then reach the I-65 corridor from Birmingham to Clanton between 6am and 8am. The leading edge of the line should be in Georgia and out of our area by 9 or 10am. Rain will continue to fall behind the line for a few hours, and it may be mid to late morning before rain ends across portion of west and Central Alabama. The time line above is for the leading edge of the strong storms to reach you. I didn’t count the few hours of light to moderate rain behind the strong part…
The rest of our Monday should be mild and quiet. After the current round ends later this morning, additional storms are unlikely through the afternoon, as this batch now will work over the atmosphere and prevent additional widespread storms.
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