FIRST ALERT: Flood threat through end of week, severe storms possible Saturday

First Alert Weather 9p 2-20-19

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The axis of steadier rain and storms has shifted to our southeast Wednesday night and this wet weather will build north again bringing more periods of rain through the early morning hours. The chance for a storm will also continue, with the threat of small hail and locally heavy rain. So I would plan on the chance of wet weather again for the morning drive. The sky will remain mostly cloudy throughout the day tomorrow, with rain likely.

The flood threat will continue and a flood watch will be in effect through Thursday night. The stationary front, which has been the focal point for all of the wet weather, will continue to lift further north into Friday. So this will place most of our area in a very warm air mass, with highs reaching the 60s and 70s. The chance for rain and storms will continue on Friday; however, the greatest coverage of rain will more likely be in locations north of I-20, with some decent breaks further south.

FIRST ALERT FOR POSSIBLE SEVERE THREAT SATURDAY: The cooler air will be on the move again by late Saturday and this will send a cold front our way Saturday evening. Instability values will be on the increase, so we will need to keep an eye out for a possible strong to severe storm Saturday afternoon and evening, especially across west Alabama. This system will exit with sunshine making a return on Sunday. The break in the rain won’t last long as moisture levels will start to ramp up again next week.

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