The Storm Prediction Center has nearly all of the state of Alabama defined in a Marginal Risk for severe storms with the exception of the extreme northern parts of Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, and Jackson counties.
For Central Alabama, the timing of stronger to severe storms will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm across the western third of the area, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for the central third of the area, and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm for the eastern third of the area.
The main threats will be from a few brief tornadoes and damaging winds up to 60 MPH.
THE GOOD NEWS: Instability will be very low across the area today and the mid-level lapse rates will be weak. This will keep most storms low-topped.
THE BAD NEWS: We’ll have plenty of shear to deal with, enough that we could have some storms start to rotate and produce strong winds and possibly a tornado.
After the cold front moves through today, rain will quickly come to an end behind the front and we should be dry as we close in on midnight tonight and through the overnight hours. Today’s highs will be in the lower 70s to the lower 80s across the area. Lows tonight will be in the lower 50s to the lower 60s.