Slight severe weather risk today, tonight - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Slight severe weather risk today, tonight

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The following are excerpts from the FOX6 StormWarn weather blog regarding the threat for severe weather today and tonight:

A band of heavy rain and thunderstorms has developed further west, over Louisiana. A tornado watch is in place through 2 PM for northern Louisiana. The storms in this watch zone are expected to march our way later today and they may hold together as they enter western sections of the state. For this reason a slight risk for severe weather is in place for our area. I'm thinking the greatest chance for stronger storms will be to the west. We can't rule out a rogue quick spin-up tornado with any stronger storms however the primary threat with today's storms will be straight-line winds.

The main area-wide concern continues to be flooding. In fact, the National Weather Service has already issued a flash flood watch and river flood warnings along the Black Warrior/Tombigbee Rivers. A front will be stalling across the state allowing for multiple rounds of rainfall beginning today and continuing overnight. Tomorrow the heaviest rain may settle to the south; however, the rain will surge north again late tomorrow night and on Tuesday. Once again some thunder along with heavier downpours could develop on Tuesday. We expect the rain to taper off on Wednesday, with final rain totals in the two to five inch rain. We expect a couple of dry days for Thursday and Friday followed by a blast of very cold air. Some models are advertising lows in the teens next weekend, along with snow flurries. We will keep you posted!

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