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FIRST ALERT: Flash flooding threat persists through Wednesday, stray severe storms are possible

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 5:50 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 9:38 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for portions of Jefferson, Blount, and Walker counties until early Wednesday morning after torrential rainfall Tuesday evening. Some areas of Birmingham including Ensley and Pratt City reported several water rescues because of the rainfall.

More rain and storms will be possible overnight, so we’ll need to stay alert for the threat of localized flooding.

Flash Flood Watch.
Flash Flood Watch.(Source: Jill Gilardi/WBRC)

The upper-level low responsible for producing the rounds of rain will continue to spin across the Midwest spreading moisture into the Southeast Wednesday. We will likely see more rounds of showers and storms across central Alabama tomorrow, with the greatest rain chances along and east of I-65. The flash flood watch will continue through tomorrow night. Remember to never drive through flooded areas. The other concern with tomorrow being a little warmer, more unstable, and the spin in the atmosphere getting closer, is that we may see a few more strong or even severe thunderstorms. There have been a few warnings in Mississippi today. There is a marginal risk for a severe storm capable of producing hail, strong winds, and or a spin up tornado. A marginal risk is basically like saying there could be a stray severe storm. Pay attention to the changing weather via our app while you are on the go. The greatest chance for a strong or severe storm sets up after 1 p.m. and lingers through about 8 p.m.

We will likely continue to see scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms Thursday. I think most of the rain will likely impact east Alabama while west Alabama slowly dries out. We should see a partly sunny to mostly cloudy sky Thursday with temperatures climbing into the upper 70s and lower 80s. It’ll end up cooler in east Alabama due to higher rain chances and cloud cover. We could see highs in the lower 80s in west Alabama. Rain chance lowers to 40% Thursday afternoon.

Most of the wet weather will pull out of our area and spread to the east. Friday is shaping up to be mostly dry with a partly cloudy sky. We will hold on to a 20% chance for an isolated shower or storm mainly for east Alabama. Temperatures are forecast to climb slightly above average with highs in the lower 80s. The weekend is looking mostly dry, but we will hold on to a 20% chance for an isolated shower or storm as one system exits east and one approaches from the west. Above normal temperatures this weekend and no sign of a cool down anytime soon. Keep up with the quieter tropics via the WBRC First Alert Weather app.

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