Wet Weather Ahead… Forecast/Tropical Update – 4:30pm Monday #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Our local weather includes more scattered showers and storms today, with a broken line of showers and storms near or just south of I-59 as of 4:30pm. Storms were along a stationary surface front and will continue to be a possibility through this evening and into tonight. I don’t expect everyone to get rain this evening or tonight, but you should keep your umbrella handy.

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To the south, we have a developing tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center hasn’t officially gave this system a name yet, but it is gaining tropical characteristics. Winds observed on the east side of the circulation area at 40mph with higher gusts. The NHC has issued a tropical storm warning for the eastern half of Louisiana. This storm should gain a name soon, but don’t focus on the center track. The heavy rain and storms are mainly to the east of the center and that’s what will be a player in our forecast this week. Wind will not be a big deal from this event, but coastal and inland flooding will become an issue for some areas. We’ll have to watch where the heavy tropical rainband comes inland, as that could bring locally heavy rain to our area as well later this week.

Tropical Storm Bret has also formed near the southern end of the Lesser Antilles, with winds at 40mph. Bret will run into wind shear in coming days and should weaken over the central Caribbean.

As for our forecast, we’ll have periods of showers and storms impact central Alabama on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the outer bands of the tropical system spin our way. It will not rain all day and some areas may not get rain, but keep the umbrella handy. Skies remain mostly cloudy.

Models agree that Thursday and Friday appear to be our wettest days. Some models show the tropical rain bands setting up right over central and west Alabama, which would really soak our area. This needs to be watched, as there is a potential for flooding, depending on where the rain bands setup… WPC has our area outlooked in 2 to 5 inches of rain over the next 7 days.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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