Scattered showers will begin to track into northwest Alabama Tuesday evening. The greatest threat for storm development will be along the Gulf Coast, but we can’t rule out an isolated rumble of thunder!

Rain activity will start off light in intensity at first, but as the cold front approaches, moderate and heavy rain bands are likely to move through. The heaviest rain is forecast to track through the area from late Tuesday night through the predawn hours Wednesday.

Rain totals will range from three-quarters of an inch to an inch with isolated higher amounts possible. With the fast-moving pace of the system, it will help limit the risk of flooding. Ponding on roads, urban areas, and low-lying areas will still need to be monitored.

Strong Winds The Main Threat

A Wind Advisory has been issued for the entire area ahead of a strong system forecast to move through the region late Tuesday night into Wednesday. This Advisory will be in effect from 9 pm Thursday through 3 pm Wednesday. These strong winds could result in tree branches and small trees coming down. If these branches or trees fall on powerlines, it could result in localized power outages.

These winds will be the most impactful part of this system, with the sustained breeze forecast to be in the range of 20 to 30 mph. Wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph are expected with isolated higher gusts possible. If trends begin to pick up more on the threat of gusts higher than 50 mph over the mountainous terrain, a High Wind Warning may be issued.

The Weather Authority will continue to monitor this system and bring you updates in our latest forecast.