At 1:15 PM. we continue to have widespread rain and thunderstorms ongoing mainly over the north-central and northeastern portions of Central Alabama, with more scattered activity over parts of the southern half of the area. The good news is that we are still staying well below severe criteria with the stronger cell segments. The bad news is that we are seeing more areal flood advisories issued for the area.
SPC continues a Marginal Risk for severe storms during the late-night and overnight hours through the early morning hours. The Day 1 Outlook goes through 7:00 am Thursday morning.
The new twist is that the SPC has now included much of Central Alabama in a Marginal Risk for severe storms during the day on Thursday. It now looks like the threat will come to an end a few hours earlier around 10:00 am instead of the 12:00 pm end time.
• From locations along and west of a line from Geiger to Jasper to Vinemont – 12:00 am to 4:00 am.
• East of that to a line stretching from Orrville to Chelsea to Gadsden – 3:00 am to 7:00 am.
• East of that to a line stretching from Hayneville to Alexander City to Ranburne – 6:00 am to 10:00 am.
• East of that to the AL/GA state line – only isolated strong storms possible but not likely at this point.
Main threats will be from damaging thunderstorm wind gusts up to 60 MPH, and the possibility of a brief tornado or two. More than likely, these could potentially occur along and just ahead of the cold front as it moves through the area.
When it is all said and done, we could see rainfall amounts from now through tomorrow night totalling right around 1.00 inch.
The good news is that it looks like much of Central Alabama will be dry by 5:00 pm tomorrow evening with a few lingering showers possible over the east and southeastern parts of the area. Just be ready for much colder temperatures for Trick or Treat time.