Stormy Weather Ahead: when to expect rain and a few strong storms on Thursday

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A wave of showers and strong storms is currently moving through the Tennessee Valley and the Storm Prediction Center maintains a SLIGHT risk of severe storms for North Alabama and South Tennessee.

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A risk of a few severe storms exists Thursday; the over-all threat is low, but you’ll want to stay alert through the afternoon!

The most likely threat from storms today will be heavy downpours and damaging wind gusts over 60 MPH.  There is low chance (but not zero) that a storm could spin up a brief tornado; however, the kind of atmosphere we have (relatively low wind shear) doesn’t look like this kind that will readily produce them.

Storm threats for Thursday, May 9, 2019

Locally-heavy rainfall could exceed one inch in a few spots Thursday; most of us will only get around 1/2″ to 1″ at the most.

This isn’t the end of the rain, though! More showers and storms are likely through the weekend, and that could add up to more than 2-3″ in all!

What time will it get here?

The ‘best’ chance of rain and a few stronger storms comes after 9 AM in The Shoals, around/after noon around Huntsville, and beginning as early as 1-2 PM then lasting as late as 4-5 PM along Sand Mountain and points east through Fort Payne and Gadsden.

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

Looking for the rest of the forecast? It’s always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

-Jason
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