Radar Update & Expectations for the Rest of the Day

Posted on: 8:19 am, January 30, 2013, by , updated on: 08:24am, January 30, 2013

The strong line of showers and storms continues to track off to the east and is starting to move into northwest Georgia. The severe weather threat continues to diminish with only Cullman, Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson counties currently still under a Tornado Watch until 10:00 am, which will likely be allowed to expire early.  Below is a check of the current radar, with heavy rain and wind gusts potentially up to 50 mph continuing across the leading line of storms.

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Showers will linger behind the line of storms associated with a cold front, with a secondary cold front/trough moving through this evening, with a second round of showers likely late this afternoon and into tonight, but no severe weather is expected, only light precipitation.  The gusty wind will briefly subside some for a few hours this morning before ramping back up with the passage of the secondary disturbance this evening, therefore the Wind Advisory for the entire Tennessee Valley has been extended until 9:00 pm tonight.  A sustained wind between 15-25 mph is possible this afternoon, with gusts up to 35 mph.  In the higher terrain of Northeast Alabama and adjacent southern middle Tennessee, the wind could gust near 50 mph.

Temperatures have fallen into the 50s behind the front and are still in the 60s and 70s ahead of it.  Below is the 8:00 am temperature map.

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Northeast Alabama will fall into the 50s behind the main line of storms.  Temperatures will likely stay steady, before cooling mostly into the low 50s by sunset.

- Jennifer Watson

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