FIRST ALERT: Increasing flood threat for next week, strong to severe storms possible by late Tuesday

First Alert Weather 9p 2-29-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY NIGHT: Temperatures have tumbled into the 40s this evening and overnight lows will be dropping into the freezing range in areas north and east. The sky will remain mostly clear overnight but high clouds will start to drift into the area on Sunday. We will continue to enjoy dry weather but the chance for showers will be returning Sunday night. In fact, enjoy the dry weather because we’re tracking another potential for some significant rainfall next week.

FLOOD THREAT AND SEVERE STORM THREAT NEXT WEEK: The next big storm system will bring another period of heavy rainfall between Monday and Thursday. The sky will be overcast on Monday, with off and on rain throughout the day. A thunderstorm can’t be ruled out as a warmer/moist air mass lifts north into the area. Temperatures will surge into the milder 60s and low 70s, with continued periods of rain through Monday night, Tuesday, and Tuesday night. A front will be stalled over the state and areas along this front could receive rain amounts topping five inches by Friday. So flooding is going to be a big concern once again this week and we could see major flooding along our local waterways.

Conditions will become more favorable for possible severe storms starting late Tuesday over areas south off I-20. This risk will increase across southern areas Tuesday night. During this time the more stable air will be entering our area from northwest to southeast. It looks like the more unstable air will bring another risk for southeast areas by late Wednesday. However, the risk will gradually decrease from northwest to southeast as the cooler air enters central Alabama. Once again, heavy rain will be one of the bigger stories out of this system but if severe storms do materialize, we will need to monitor for a threat of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Be sure to check-in for updates starting tonight at 9PM, as we monitor the flood threat and storm threat for this week. We will also be passing along frequent updates on our Free WBRC First Alert Weather App.

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