HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - After months and months of disappointment, a widespread, soaking rain event looks very likely for the Tennessee Valley Monday night and again Tuesday night.
Before the rain gets here winds will pick up considerably. A wind advisory is already in effect for the entire Tennessee Valley Monday. Wind gusts up to 30-40 mph are possible, with higher gusts up to 50 mph possible on ridge tops. Wind gusts this high could knock over any outdoor furniture, Christmas decorations that are not weighted down well, and blow down loose branches from trees.
Winds will continue to be a primary concern as the first line of storms moves in Monday night.
Storms will first arrive in Northwest Alabama between 5 and 6 p.m. The line of storms will quickly move east, reaching places like Athens, Decatur, Madison and Huntsville between 7 and 9 p.m. Storms will move into DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall Counties around or after 9 p.m. All of north Alabama should be clear of storms after midnight.
For many in the Valley this line of storms will move in close to the evening commute. It's better to wait for a strong storm to pass than to drive through it. Track the storms with the Live Alert 19 App and stay safe.
Slight Severe Risk:
The Storm Prediction Center has outlined Alabama as having a low risk of severe weather occurring. The parent storm system has so much energy with it, some damaging wind gusts over 60 miles per hour will be possible in the heaviest storms.
The best chance of storms becoming severe will be west of I-65. Damaging winds will be the main area of concern, but heavy rainfall could pose a threat too. Our ground has been dry for so long that it won't be able to absorb rainfall very well. Any storms that produce heavy downpours, or even just consistent heavy rain, could cause flash flooding.
Another round late Tuesday night:
The second wave of rain and storms this week comes late Tuesday night into early Wednesday. There is still some uncertainty in how quickly this second wave will move through, but it looks to come late Tuesday night through the overnight hours into Wednesday morning. Since Tuesday will be mainly dry in the afternoon temperatures will be able to rise into the 70s, plus there will be more moisture in the air for this second disturbance to work with. With that in mind, the same concerns from Monday night will return Tuesday night.
We feel very confident that a majority of backyards in north Alabama will receive at least one full inch of rain between Monday night and Wednesday morning. There will be some areas that get much more.
WHNT will be monitoring the storms closely as they move through. Stay with us on-air and online:
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