-The risk of severe storms has ended for Wednesday evening. More storms are expected on Thursday, though! See the Forecast Discussion for the latest!
Hot and humid conditions have settled into the Tennessee Valley this afternoon, providing the “fuel” for scattered showers and storms to develop across North Alabama and South Tennessee.
In addition, a cold front is sweeping through the Southeast, serving as the focal point where stronger to potentially severe storms will develop.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a *Marginal* Risk of severe storms this evening, particularly in Northwest Alabama. This is where the greatest “lift” is available from the advancing cold front.
According to the SPC, a *Marginal* Risk denotes an area of severe storms of either limited organization and longevity, or very low coverage and marginal intensity.
For this evening, the main “impact” from the storms would be gusty winds that could knock down a tree branch or two. In addition, with it being a hot, humid summer day, a few downbursts are possible within the thunderstorms. Downbursts occur when dense, heavy air and rain surges from the thundercloud to the ground, causing a highly localized blast of strong winds.
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