Showers and storms are likely on Wednesday and some in the afternoon could be strong to severe.

An additional round will occur in the afternoon and it’s the afternoon storms that will pose a greater risk of damaging winds. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has highlighted northwest Alabama under a ‘Slight Risk’ (level 2 out of 5) for strong to severe storm development. Areas highlighted in dark green are under a ‘Marginal Risk’ (level 1 out of 5).

The greatest threat of severe storm development will be far northwest Alabama. The combination of dew points in the low 70s, temperatures nearing 90 degrees, and breaks in clouds allowing for sunshine will support storm development through the evening.

Something that could limit afternoon storm development for some would be lingering cloud cover following the early morning showers. If clouds remain thick and the sun does not break through, it will limit the amount of destabilization ahead of the afternoon round. Remember more sunshine means higher instability for an area. The main severe weather threat will be damaging winds although hail can’t be ruled out. Heavy rain and frequent lightning will accompany the strongest. Have our Live Alert 19 weather app!

What To Expect Behind Cold Front:

Behind the frontal passage, winds will shift out of the north filtering more comfortable air into the region. The drier air will lead to lower dew points, meaning it won’t be as humid as it has been. High temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to upper 80s for the remainder of the week and the upcoming weekend. These temperatures will be near average for this time of year.

Stay with the Weather Authority for the latest updates on Wednesday’s storm threat.