A few heavy storms possible late Thursday afternoon, evening

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Thursday will be a rainy, breezy and occasionally stormy day. WHNT News 19 will keep you updated on how the weather will impact you throughout your afternoon and evening.

The Storm Prediction Center outlined a 'Marginal Risk' of severe weather for Central & South Alabama today; there is concern that a few storms could produce some strong winds over 40 mph in the afternoon and evening.

There is no risk of severe storms mentioned for the Tennessee Valley in the latest outlook.

The greater threat likely stays south of the Valley, but it would be a good idea to be on alert just in case one of those stronger storms gets near your location!

Track heavy storms with WHNT.com's Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

After that, we're looking at two relatively quiet days with very warm weather: record highs possible on Friday and Saturday!

Big-time soaking: The drought has been ongoing for almost a year now, and some communities have been hit harder than others.  Northeast Alabama is missing a lot of rainfall; in fact, it would take almost a foot of rain to get out of the drought in Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb, Blount and Cullman Counties.  Madison, Morgan, Limestone Counties and The Shoals area needs around 3 to 4 inches of rain.

European rainfall guidance for the next seven days (1/18/17)

European rainfall guidance for the next seven days (1/18/17)

While we don't see totally even rainfall through the next seven days, the potential exists for as much as 1-2" area-wide in all between now and next Monday.

Some communities will get a lot more than that: possibly exceeding 4 to 5 inches total!

That would go a long way in restoring ponds, lakes, and rivers, but we need more than one or two soakings to set us up in a better position going into the Spring growing season. We didn't get into this drought overnight, and we won't get out of it overnight either.

Need some specifics about the threat of weekend storms or a look at next week? That's always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the "Daily Forecast" section on Live Alert 19!

-Jason
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