The greatest risk of severe weather today will be west of Alabama; in fact, we may not see much more than a few showers ‘during the day’ on Tuesday, but heavier rain, gusty winds (40+ MPH), and a few stronger storms move in tonight through early Wednesday morning.
HOW BAD WILL THE STORMS BE? On the whole, this isn’t a major threat for widespread, destructive weather in North Alabama. Might there be an instance in which a storm can do some damage? Yes. We’ll be watching that tonight.
WHEN WILL THEY GET HERE? You might not get a ‘storm’ where you live at all tonight. We’re all getting some rain, but we won’t all get a true ‘thunderstorm.’ That makes the timing question a little more difficult. Expect some storms in Northwest Alabama around or just after midnight. Those storms move into the Huntsville-Decatur-Athens area between 1 AM and 4 AM. It’s looking unlikely that we will have many storms at all (just mainly a band of rain and gusty winds) when it gets to Northeast Alabama after 3 AM to about 6 AM.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Stay up all night and worry? Nope. You may not need to do anything other than have a way to get a warning JUST IN CASE one is issued for your area. Live Alert 19 is a great tool, and so is your NOAA Weather Radio. That combo should be enough to alert you IF the weather gets bad enough in your area to take action.