FIRST ALERT: Tracking areas of heavy rainfall and a couple strong storms

Flash Flood Watch in effect through Tuesday night
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 5:27 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 4:11 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A wet and stormy corridor has set up from Chilton County to Cleburne County and points east and south. Locally heavy rainfall is the top concern that could cause flash flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for most of central Alabama through Tuesday night. It does not include our far western counties such as Marion, Lamar, Pickens, and Sumter counties. Rainfall totals could add up around 2-4 inches with some spots seeing higher totals.

I think the heaviest rain will likely occur east of I-65 and south of I-20/59. October is normally one of our driest months of the year. On average, Birmingham records 3.34″ of rain in the month of October. We could easily see that much rain in just a few days!

Remember to never drive through flooded areas. Turn around, don’t drown, or become the next water rescue.

A strong wind producing storm or two can’t be ruled out this evening.

Our next big thing is the likelihood of seeing rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain chances remain very high at 80%. We will likely see pockets of heavy rain that could result in flash flooding. Temperatures will remain well below average. We may only see highs in the low to mid 70s Tuesday. High temperatures could end up in the mid to upper 70s Wednesday. Rain chances will be possible at any point during the day. If we see rain that moves over the same spots, flood potential will increase.

Please have multiple ways to receive important weather updates for the first half of the week. The WBRC First Alert Weather app is the quickest and easiest way to keep up with the weather.

I think we will begin to transition to a drier weather pattern as we finish out the week. Bulk of the heavy rain will likely move out of our area Thursday evening. We will hold on to a 30-40% chance for scattered showers in east Alabama Thursday. By Friday, most of us will stay dry with only a stray shower possible in northeast Alabama. Temperatures will likely warm closer to average with highs in the lower 80s. Cloud cover will likely decrease as well, and we will see more sunshine.

The weekend is looking dry as of now and hopefully the data doesn’t speed up our next system approaching next Monday.

Don’t forget, you can keep up with what’s happening in the tropics via the WBRC First Alert Weather app. There are no tropical systems set to impact us.

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