Our team is closely monitoring the potential for severe weather on Wednesday into the evening hours.

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There will be a strong cold front that will move into and across the Yellowhammer State that could bring showers and thunderstorms "over the state for a prolonged period, with rainfall rates high enough for a localized flooding threat. Severe thunderstorms may also be possible,” said the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

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James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that “a dynamic storm system will bring the risk of heavy rain and strong thunderstorms to Alabama Wednesday. SPC has defined a "slight risk" (level 2/5) for areas south of a line from York to Greenville to Abbeville, and a "marginal risk" as far north as Eutaw, Montgomery, and Eufaula.”

What about the risk of tornadoes?

“Thunderstorms over the southern third of the state Wednesday will have some tornado potential as veering/increasing flow with height anticipated across the area will be favorable for supporting the evolution of rotating updrafts/supercells,” said Spann.

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Possible Timing for the Core Severe Weather Threat

Spann mentioned for “South Alabama on Wednesday it “will come from about 2:00 until 10:00 p.m.”

National Weather Service in Birmingham Highlights


Severe threat: Southern portions of Central Alabama

Flooding threat: All of Central Alabama


Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night


Isolated tornado

Damaging winds

Isolated flash flooding

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