We are observing not only the activity located well to the west of Alabama, but some nearby activity that is located in east-central Mississippi and western sections of Alabama.
A boundary over Mississippi has continued to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and into the evening hours. We could still see some strong storms as they move towards the northeast during the evening hours.
The area that we will watch closely overnight is now located in western Arkansas, where there are watches and numerous warnings in affect. These storms are expected to progress towards the east overnight, and move into northwest Alabama after Midnight.
The Storm Prediction Center maintains a slight risk of severe weather with these storms as they move into Alabama. The greatest risk with these storms will be strong and perhaps damaging winds.
This will not be a long and drawn out severe weather event for Alabama. We advise folks to simply be aware that some of the storms may be strong and produce scattered wind damage.
The greatest risk of seeing the stronger storms will be over northwest Alabama, as we believe the storms will be in a slow weakening stage as they move across northern sections through the early morning hours.
The areas along and north of the I-20 corridor can expect scattered to numerous showers and storms through the morning hours as they move eastward into northern Georgia.
These storms will not mark the cold front itself, as the front will be moving into northwest Alabama by late morning.
It is possible that we could see additional development of more storms as the front makes a southeasterly push through the state through the afternoon hours. Again, we will be watching for the potential of strong storms developing along this front.
Once this front passes through, the storm threat will end and the front should clear the state by Friday evening.