FIRST ALERT: Stormy pattern continues through work week, localized flooding threat
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - It turned out to be another stormy afternoon and evening across the state. At the time of this update, the heaviest rain was associated with storms over our far southern counties. Forecast data suggests additional pockets of rain may impact the area from west to east after midnight. I can’t rule out a rumble of thunder in the early morning; however, no organized severe weather is expected. The radar will remain very active throughout Thursday as storms and rain increase in coverage. I can’t rule out a strong to severe storm, with the possibility of damaging wind gusts. However, the primary risk will be localized flash flooding.
THE WEEKEND: The one change we will notice this weekend is a more active north to northwest flow pattern. In this type of setup, we’ll need to monitor for organized clusters of storms developing and dropping south across the area. This setup looks to begin around Friday and continue through Sunday. We will have in-between periods of partly sunny weather, with feels-like temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. Some storms may be strong or severe, with a risk of damaging straight-line winds, intense lightning, and localized flooding.
NEXT WEEK: The weather situation won’t change much for the first two days of next week as forecast data continues to show a good possibility of a passing downpour or thunderstorm. However, we’re finally seeing indications of drier air arriving around next Wednesday or Thursday. If this verifies, you will notice a big improvement in the muggy levels, with lower rain chances.
It’s possible we may be talking about a tropical disturbance becoming better organized over the Caribbean next week. However, the chance for any direct impact remains low at this stage. This part of the Atlantic basin is a typical hot spot for tropical development early in the hurricane season.
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