First Alert Weather 9p 4-18-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY SUNDAY: Storms are developing tonight along a warm front stretching from the Alabama Gulf Coast West into Louisiana and Texas. This stormy weather will reach our area after 4AM tomorrow and continue through 11AM. It’s going to be cold as this stormy weather impacts the state in the morning but some storms may be severe. The primary concern is for hail producers and the risk of damaging straight-line wind gusts. We’ll catch a brief break in the heavier rain and storms by early afternoon but the risk for severe weather will be increasing again later in the day.

INCREASING TORNADO RISK IN THE AFTERNOON: A second round of rain and storms will bring the increasing risk of tornadoes after 3PM. We are most concerned about locations to the south. There is a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) from the Storm Prediction Center over southern Pickens, southern Tuscaloosa, Hale, Greene, Sumter, Perry, Bibb, and Chilton counties. There’s also an elevated risk further to the east that includes Jefferson, Shelby, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Clay, and Talladega counties. The air will become very unstable to the south as temperatures rise into the 70s. The risk will be more limited further north due to a cooler air mass. However, flooding will be a concern area-wide. A flash flood watch will go into effect at 7AM. Rain amounts could reach the 4” mark for parts of our area tomorrow.

Sunday will be a First Alert Weather Day for our area. That means have multiple ways to receive severe weather alerts and have an action plan. We will have plenty of updates on WBRC Fox6 throughout the day. You can also download our WBRC First Alert Weather App for streaming updates. It’s possible we may see more power outages in our state so plan ahead.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK: We will have improving weather on Monday, with sunshine returning and highs in the 70s. Tuesday and Wednesday will also be dry days but we will be monitoring another risk for heavy rain and storms starting Wednesday night and continuing into the day on Thursday. This system will also bring a risk of severe weather to our state and the greatest risk looks to once again setup across our southern counties. It’s also possible another flash flood threat could materialize for Thursday. Once this system passes a warm air mass will remain in place until a cold front impacts the state next weekend. We will have highs in the 80s, with dry weather for Friday. However, the chance for showers and storms will be returning next Saturday night. Be sure to join me for updates starting at 9PM on WBRC Fox6.

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