Scattered Thunderstorms Today

The overall weather pattern remains unusually active for this time of year today.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are located over the southern sections this morning with other showers over the northeast.

The upper level low and trough will try to lift northeast of Alabama today, and this may reduce the rain chances for western sections of the state.

We still have various boundaries over the area today that will interact with daytime heating and produce more showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

I don’t think we will see as many strong storms today as in recent days, however with plenty of moisture in place…some locally strong storms will develop.

A high pressure ridge will begin to build into the region and we expect drier weather conditions for the upcoming week.

With more sun and less clouds, we expect temperatures to warm back up for the work week through next weekend.

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Stormy 4th of July

The radar imagery is very similar to this time yesterday morning… with a persistent corridor of showers and storms extending from northern Alabama and westward into Arkansas.

We remain in a westerly flow that will continue to support multiple rounds of thunderstorm activity through Sunday morning.

Northern sections will see the most widespread rain totals…where Flash Flood Watches remain in effect. Flash flooding could become a significant issue this morning over northwestern sections.

Further south across the state…additional thunderstorm activity is expected as daytime heating occurs. There is potential for a few severe storms with damaging wind the main threat.

Any of the stronger storms over the state may produce gusty winds, heavy rain, frequent lightning and some hail.

Will there be a break in the rain? It is not looking great. With that said though there could be some breaks here and there, so if you have outdoor plans have a weather safety plan in mind and stay weather aware.

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Flash Flood Watch for Central Sections

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect through Sunday morning.

Heavy rainfall will continue to move across the region with widespread additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches and isolated amounts of 5 to 7 inches.

The following counties are included in the Flash Flood Watch until 7 am Sunday… in central Alabama… Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and Walker. In east central Alabama… Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne and Randolph. In northeast Alabama… Cherokee and Etowah. In northwest Alabama… Marion and Winston. In west central Alabama… Fayette, Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa.

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Flash Flood Watch for North Alabama

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The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect through Saturday evening.

Saturated soils from rainfall over the past few days along with the additional rainfall expected may cause flash flooding of area roadways… low lying areas and urban small streams.

Heavy rainfall will continue to move across the region today through Saturday night bringing an estimated 2 to 4 inches over already saturated soils.

The Flash Flood Watch includes the following areas…Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

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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