Jill: Clouds, spotty showers, mist, & patchy fog lingers through tonight

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A flood watch remains in effect through Saturday morning. There are numerous areas experiencing flooding along and north of I-20 and we advise you to stay away from flooded areas. The rain coverage has backed off significantly and only spotty showers remain possible the rest of this afternoon and through tonight. A FIRST ALERT for areas of mist and fog which will still create wet roads and limited visibility for travelers. A warm front that has made it as far north as our southern most counties where it’s in the 80s but north of the front it’s in the 50s.

Tonight into Saturday the warm front should lift northward and cause us to be warmer and muggier especially west. Low clouds, fog and mist look to start the morning off along with spotty showers north of I-20. Temperatures will be in the 60s most of the day but some areas will climb into the 70s especially if we see any breaks of sunshine.

Severe Potential Saturday: A cold front looks to spark severe storms to our west in parts of West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi during the afternoon hours. Some of the models hint at a few isolated storms forming ahead of the main activity across eastern Mississippi and west Alabama on Saturday afternoon. The greatest chance for rain and storms looks to set up overnight from west to east. West Alabama should see some of the stronger storms after 6PM which will then impact the I-65 corridor after 9PM and tend to weaken on the journey east.

Flooding in Locust Fork

Storms will be strongest as they enter west Alabama where there still will be enough instability and wind shear for storms capable of producing damaging winds and or a tornado. As the activity moves towards I-65, the instability will be decreasing and the best wind shear will be exiting but strong storms may still be possible. East of I-65, the air looks even less likely to maintain a severe threat. The tendency will be for the storms to weaken as they move east. Keep up with this evolving forecast when you are on the go through the WBRC First Alert Weather App.

The sky clears out on Sunday which means the return of sunshine!!! Woo hooooo!!! On Monday, we will see sunshine and dry weather persist. Most days next week don’t look too bad and rain chances are on the low end side as of now.

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