The broken line of showers along with some gusty winds continues to push across North/Central Alabama and is approaching the I-65 corridor. At this point, the strongest winds are over the northern parts of the line currently affecting parts of Cullman, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan counties. Wind gusts up to 55 MPH may be possible with this segment of the line.
For locations west of the line, especially from Warrior to Clanton to Prattville, we can go ahead and give you the all-clear as the threat for severe storms is over for today.
This bodes well for the Alabama game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa as rain has come to an end and the rest of the evening should be mainly dry. A few sprinkles are possible, but the main action is done.
Unfortunately, rain has a little while longer before it will be over at Legion Field for The Classic. It will continue to be breezy with showers likely for at least the next hour or two.
Once again, the severe threat has ended for the western-third of the area. The threat continues until around 5:00 pm for the central-third of the area, and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the eastern-third.
Instability values have risen to around 500 J/kg just ahead of the front and there is plenty of shear available as well. We’ll really have to watch for the potential of some of these cells along or ahead of the line to start rotating. If that occurs, it will be easier for the stronger winds to translate down to the surface and may even produce a brief tornado or two. At this point, the Significant Tornado Parameter for locations ahead of the front is only at 1.0 or less.