FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain and a few severe storms possible

First Alert Weather 9p 12-31-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We are still on track for periods of heavy rain tonight and overnight. Temperatures will remain around 60 degrees. Expect a few gusts of wind over 35mph with sustained winds between 15-20mph.

The main event arrives overnight and especially after 3am. We have a FIRST ALERT for periods of heavy rainfall with localized flooding possible. Winds will be gusty through the overnight hours with sustained winds around 20mph and reaching upwards of 40mph after 3am. The greatest potential for severe storms will remain in South Alabama, but we need to watch areas west of I-65 and south of I-20 closely for tornado development. The chances for a tornado are low, but NOT ZERO. I think the peak time for tornado development is after 3am and toward daybreak. In our viewing area, we need to monitor Sumter, Hale, Greene, Pickens, Bibb, and Tuscaloosa Counties closely.

If you have travel plans early New Year’s Day, expect heavy rainfall and gusty winds. The storms and rain will eventually clear the entire state by the early afternoon.

Make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings including the WBRC First Alert weather app and NOAA weather radio. Be safe and Happy New Year.

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