FIRST ALERT UPDATE: A First Alert for the threat of flash flooding through Monday, more heavy rain and storms possible

First Alert Weather 9p: 9-4-22
Published: Sep. 4, 2022 at 6:23 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2022 at 9:38 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: The risk for flash flooding continues to increase across our area as more rain slowly tracks east-northeast across the state. A FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Marion, Winston, Walker, Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair, Talladega, Coosa, Shelby, Cullman, Clay, Calhoun, Etowah, and Cherokee Counties in our coverage area. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in effect for Cherokee County due to rapidly rising water along the Chattooga River in the Gaylesville area. Radar is estimating over six inches of rain in parts of Cherokee County. Flash Flood Emergencies are in effect just over the state line in Chattooga County, GA. That area has received almost of foot of rain over the past 24 hours. The wet weather coverage will thin out some overnight, but I still can’t rule out areas of rain and a few rumbles past midnight.

The flood risk will continue throughout the week as the unsettled pattern continues. Plan for more scattered downpours and storms throughout our Labor Day. Once again, be alert for the risk of localized flooding. There will be breaks tomorrow and some areas will even experience some sun mixing in, with temperatures rising into the middle 80s.

Often, we start shifting into a drier setup during this time of the year. However, this week will be far from dry, as a moist southwest flow aloft continues. A trough over the region will gradually deepen into an upper level low, which will basically keep rain chances very elevated through Saturday. Each day will feature a partly to mostly cloudy sky, with scattered showers and storms possible in the morning and lasting well into the evening hours.

Temperatures will top out in the low to middle 80s through Thursday, with upper 70s possible in many locations for Friday and Saturday. Also, the moist air over the region will make for very humid conditions throughout the week. Long range data suggests rain chances could back off by early next week, although no major pattern change is expected. So unfortunately, we won’t be seeing any less muggy fall-like air anytime soon.

One good thing is a setup like this is not too favorable for major tropical development close to home. We continue to track Tropical Storm Earl and Hurricane Danielle, but these systems will remain well east of our region over the Atlantic Ocean. You can find the latest tropical forecast tracks on the WBRC First Alert Weather App. Be sure to check in for more specifics on WBRC Fox6 News at 9, 9:30, and 10 P.M.


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