Matt says wind, heavy rain, and potential flooding increases this afternoon
Get ready for heavy rain Thursday evening
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Good Thursday. You'll definitely want to grab the umbrella and rain gear with you before you walk out the door today. We are dealing with spotty light showers this morning with temperatures in the 50s. Winds are breezy out of the southeast at 10-15 mph with gusts near 20 mph this morning. We are under a Wind Advisory that will continue throughout the day. Expect sustained winds of 20-25 mph with gusts near 30 to 35 mph. With a saturated ground, it will be possible that winds gusts could knock over a few trees today. Make sure you secure your decorations and furniture outside. Please be careful with high profile vehicles out on the roads. Temperatures will likely climb into the mid 60s this afternoon with rain and a few thunderstorms likely this afternoon and evening. Evening commute will be very messy with heavy rain likely.
First Alert: All of Central Alabama is under a flash flood watch starting at 12PM this afternoon and expiring Friday at 6pm. Two to three inches of rain is likely with some spots possibly recording over 4-5 inches. If you encounter a flooded road, do not drive through it. Remember to turn around, don’t drown.
Severe Potential Today: There is a marginal (low-end) threat for a few strong or severe storms in West-Southwest Alabama Thursday. Main threat will be for damaging winds and a brief, spin-up tornado. We can’t rule out a strong storm, but the the threat for severe weather in North-Central Alabama is low. Our main concern will be heavy rain and gusty winds.
Timing: Scattered showers will be possible this morning, but the main line of showers and a few storms will roll through the state this afternoon and evening mainly after 2-3pm. Rain will likely be heavy and we could see wind gusts around 30-35 mph. Models have this batch of heavy rain stalling over us this evening, which will likely create some issues in areas that are prone to flooding. Rain will continue into Friday morning and should taper off Friday evening.
Bowl Games: Auburn will kickoff against Purdue in Nashville, Tennessee Friday at 12:30 PM. A few showers are possible early, but the game should trend mostly dry with temperatures in the 60s. Alabama will play Oklahoma in Miami Saturday evening. Weather is looking mostly dry with temperatures in the 70s.
Weekend: Saturday morning looks mostly dry but moisture looks to return Saturday evening. Temperatures will be cooler with highs in the 50s. Rain chance around 50% Saturday into Sunday.
More Rain to Finish 2018: Another strong cold front will sweep through Alabama Monday giving us widespread showers and a few thunderstorms Monday evening. It could be a wet New Year’s Eve. We’ll trend drier for the middle and second half of next week.
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Stay safe and dry today-
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Matt Daniel
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