Today will be another day that we can expect tropical downpours with many of the thunderstorms that develop throughout the day tonight. We are already seeing heavy storms in the southwestern quarter of Central Alabama, along with a batch of moderate rainfall in the extreme northeastern parts of the area. Steering currents are almost non-existant today, so any storms that form will stick around for a while and may cause more localized flooding issues like we saw on Friday, especially in poor drainage areas and urban areas.
An Areal Flood Advisory has already been issued for central parts of Sumter County until 1:00 pm this afternoon. As of 10:54 am, over 2.00 inches of rain has already fallen in the advisory area. Some of the locations that could experience flooding include Livingston, York, Cuba, Gainesville, Epes, Emelle, Boyd, The University Of West Alabama, Bluffport, Coatopa, Dug Hill, Old Mallard Airport, Sumterville, Lilita, Bellamy, I-20 Welcome Center at Cuba and Payneville.
We can expect the coverage of showers and storms to be most active from now through at least 6:00pm this evening before we see activity beginning to quickly diminish for the evening hours. A few lingering storms may hang around for a few hours longer into the late night and the early overnight hours. While there is no organized threat of severe weather today, a few storms could become strong with gusty winds, and I wouldn’t be surprised that one or two of these storms may become briefly severe. Heavy rain and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning will be the largest threats today.
Skies will be mostly cloudy when and where it is not raining, but rain chances are likely for every point in Central Alabama (60-100%). Afternoon highs will be held back due to clouds and rain, topping out in the mid to upper 80s across the area.