Some heavy showers and few rumbles of thunder have already rolled through the Tennessee Valley this morning, but we have more on the way. A strong cold front is bringing another round of rain and storms now through 5PM Saturday.
The Storm Prediction Center has outlined North Alabama with a ‘Marginal’ Risk of severe weather today; this is the lowest risk category which indicates a limited risk. Better instability for storms exists to our south, which is where the primary severe weather threat will be contained.
With temperatures staying mild today and a strong front moving in, a few storms could get enough ‘energy’ to become strong or potentially severe. The main threat with any storms that develop will be high winds and heavy rainfall, though a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.
Flooding could linger behind the rain, so any areas prone to flooding will likely experience it this afternoon and evening. An Areal Flood Warning is already in effect for the Indian Creek neighborhood in Madison County, along with Southwest Colbert County.
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Outside of storms, a Wind Advisory is also in effect from 10AM-7PM for wind gusts up to 45 mph.
This is strong enough to knock down a few trees and power lines, even away from the main storm threat. The winds will be highest through this morning and afternoon, but at least a steady breeze will continue through the night too.
Big changes come behind the storms this afternoon. Check our forecast discussion page for the details!