Windy – Heavy Showers & Storms
This morning is a much milder morning compared to yesterday, thanks to increasing clouds and winds due to an approaching storm system to our west. There are already a few showers lifting northeast across the Tennessee Valley. Below is the radar as of 9:40 am.
The chance for showers will continue this morning, with a band of heavier rain and storms moving into Northwest Alabama by later this morning/early afternoon ahead of a cold front. Below is the regional satellite and radar showing the heavier rain just cross the Mississippi River into western Mississippi.
Besides the rain, the wind will continue to pick up, with a Wind Advisory in effect until 9:00 pm tonight. A sustained southeast wind up to 25 mph is possible, with gusts between 30-35 mph or greater. Be careful driving, especially if you drive a high profile vehicle.
The Storm Prediction Center included the southwest portion of the Tennessee Valley in a Slight Risk for severe storms.
The highest threat will remain to the south and west of the area. Widespread severe weather is not expected. The greatest threat with any storm will be strong wind gusts. More of a concern will be the potential for minor flooding, with 1-3″ of rain possible by Monday morning. Therefore Flash Flood Watches are in effect until late tonight, with urban areas being the most susceptible to flooding, along with areas that have poor drainage.
Showers and storms will gradually push south and east after midnight, with the front expected to stall across southern Alabama. The Monday morning commute will likely be dry, and we are expecting most to stay dry through most of the day, with the greatest chance for a shower being along and south of Highway 278.
Most of Tuesday will likely be dry as well, with showers moving in by late afternoon, into early Wednesday as the final wave of low pressure moves through. As cold air moves in on the backside of the system, a few flurries may mix in with the cold rain, but not expecting any accumulation.
Winter is definitely not over by any means, after Wednesday, our eyes turn to Friday night and Saturday, with the next system forecast to move across the area. Cold Arctic will move in behind the system, with possibly a few snowflakes, but as of right now, it does not look like there will be substantial moisture for any major impacts. Though, as you know, this can obviously change. We will keep you posted on any updates to the forecast.
– Jennifer Watson
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