Fall Weather Weekend

Another week of nice dry fall weather will settle in across Alabama.

Another cold front has moved into the southeast and will reinforce the dry and cool weather. The front will clear the Alabama coast by tonight, allowing the cool and dry air to spread over the state.

Mostly sunny daytime and mostly clear night time conditions will continue into next week.

The Tennessee Valley will feel the first effects of the front today with afternoon temperatures that will struggle to reach 70.

Highs will range from the lower 70’s over the north-central locations to the lower 80’s across south Alabama.

By 10 pm, temperatures cool off into the 50’s to lower 60’s. Overnight lows will mainly be in the 40’s.

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24-Hour Rain Totals

From Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, heavy rainfall occurred across the state.

This storm system produced the most widespread state-wide rain totals that we have seen in some time.

Generally 1.5 to 2.5 inches fell, with some higher totals of 4.0 to 5.0 inches.

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Cooler Weather Moving In

After a period of strong and severe thunderstorms, a cold front is moving through Alabama today.

The strong storms and heavier rains have moved eastward into Georgia and scattered showers remain especially over eastern sections of the state.
No additional severe weather is expected for the day.

Cooler air has filtered into the state, and we expect clouds to hang around at times through the day. Scattered light showers will be slow to move out over east Alabama.

The weather will be cooler for the next several days, as temperatures will feel more like fall.

Wrap around moisture and weak lift with a upper Low will keep light rain in the forecast through tomorrow…mainly over northern Alabama.

Afternoon highs through Thursday will run from the mid 60’s across the North with mid 70’s south.

Night time lows will be chilly with 50’s in most areas.

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Flash Flood Watch Expanded

turn-aroundThe National Weather Service in Birmingham has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include portions of central Alabama and west central Alabama…including the following areas…in central Alabama…Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Jefferson, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega. In west central Alabama…Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.

Rain amounts of 2 to 3 inches of rainfall…with localized higher amounts are possible through tonight in the watch area. Some of these areas are already saturated due to rainfall the past week.

The additional rainfall expected will be enough to aggravate any streams and creeks that are running above normal. Flooding will be possible in low lying areas and across roadways… especially roads that are close to creeks and streams. Ponding of water will be likely in urban areas where poor drainage exists.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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