Multiple Weather Hazards Expected Soon for Central, West Alabama
We have been tracking a slow-moving system that has the potential to bring Central and West Alabama various weather hazards. This includes possible flooding, damaging winds, freezing rain, and ice.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has provided more insight into the impacts of this system.
Localized flooding possible
Severe storms capable of producing damaging winds up to 60 mph
Rain may transition to light freezing rain, possibly producing a light glaze of ice
Along and north of Interstate 85 with the highest amounts north of Interstate 20.
Areas south of Tuscaloosa and west of Montgomery and Clanton
Marion County and portions of Lamar/Fayette/Winston Counties
Late Wednesday night through Friday morning
Thursday from noon through 6 pm
Friday morning from 3 am to 7 am
Total rainfall amounts 2-4 inches with locally higher amounts possible may produce localized flooding
Severe storms may produce damaging winds up to 60 mph
Rain may transition to freezing rain, potentially producing a light glaze of ice
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that we can “expect waves of rain across Alabama through Friday as a very wet pattern develops. A flood watch has been issued for the northern 2/3 of the state tonight through tomorrow night; rain amounts of 2-4 inches are expected with the potential for some flooding issues. A few strong thunderstorms are possible across parts of West and Southwest Alabama tomorrow and tomorrow night; SPC has defined a "marginal risk" (level 1/5) for the broad area from Tuscaloosa to Mobile and the Gulf Coast. The main threat in Alabama will come from strong gusty winds; there is a low-end tornado threat to the west over parts of South Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana.”
In addition, the National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Flood Watch from Thursday morning through Friday for WHERE...A portion of central Alabama, including the following counties: