FIRST ALERT: Line of strong to severe storms expected to reach Alabama by midnight

FIRST ALERT Weather: 11/5/2018

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Tornado Watch has been issued for the following counties until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Walker, and Winston.

It has already been a very active Monday night for parts of the region with tornado producing storms impacting the state of Louisiana. Now the line of strong to severe thunderstorms is nearing the I-55 corridor in Mississippi. A tornado watch is currently in effect across north Mississippi and it’s possible a new watch will be issued later tonight for parts of our area.

We expect the line of storms to enter our northwest counties around midnight and it’s possible some may be severe, with damaging winds and a threat of tornadoes. The greatest risk for severe thunderstorms will be over northwest counties (Fayette, Lamar, Winston, Walker, Marion, and Cullman Counties). The threat of severe storms will continue further southeast, however the instability parameters will lessen with time so the risk will become more limited and isolated, especially south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham and Gadsden.

Storm tracker in West Alabama

That said, I would still stay weather alert in all areas and have multiple ways to receive alerts during the early morning hours. We have a FREE App you can download for alerts and also make sure you have fresh batteries in your NOAA Weather Radio. You can download our app by searching WBRC in your App Store. The rain will exit early tomorrow so big improvements are expected when you head out to vote on Election Day.

FIRST ALERT FOR MORE RAIN WEDNESDAY: The system impacting our area overnight will end up stalling and this will bring rain back to our area as early as Wednesday. I would plan for rainy weather by Wednesday afternoon and evening. The temperatures will tumble into the upper 40s and low 50s, making for a cloudy and cold start Thursday morning. Another surge of rain is expected to impact the area Thursday night and early on Friday before a strong cold front brings clearing for the weekend. We will have a drop in temperatures Friday night and especially Saturday night, with lows in the 30s. Highs will only reach the 50s on Saturday and the good news is we will have lots of sunshine throughout the weekend. Stay weather alert tonight and stay with WBRC FOX6. We will have frequent updates throughout the night!

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