Showers and a few embedded rumbles of thunder are moving across the central and western parts of Central Alabama as we have reached the 11:00 am hour on this next to the last day of October.
We have several Areal Flood Advisories currently in effect for these locations:
• Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter until 12:15 pm
• Tuscaloosa County until 1:30 pm
• Jefferson County until 1:45 pm
These locations could see localized flash flooding in poor drainage areas, near small streams, creeks, and ditches, and in low-lying areas. Rainfall amounts could top 1-2 inches in the next hour.
At this point, we haven’t seen any wind gusts near the severe category, but we could see some gusts in the 20-30 MPH range across the area.
Speaking of severe… SPC continues to have all of North and Central Alabama in a Marginal Risk of severe storms for the remainder of today. While we could see a few stronger storms throughout the day, the main window for the stronger to severe storms will be from midnight tonight through 12:00 pm Thursday. Damaging wind gusts up to 60 MPH and a brief tornado or two will be possible.
From now through the rest of the afternoon hours, skies will be cloudy and we’ll have widespread rain with a few claps of thunder, especially during the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the 70s across the area.
A cold front will begin to work into the area after midnight, but along and ahead of the front we will see rain and thunderstorms across all of the area. Some of these storms could become strong to severe with strong gusty winds and a very small chance of a tornado. Overnight lows will fall into the lower 50s to the lower 70s across the area from northwest to southeast.
Rain will continue to be widespread during the morning hours, but the good news for those Trick or Treaters is that rain will begin to taper off possibly as early as 12:00 pm in the northwest and completely out of the state by 7:00 pm. While daytime highs will top out in the upper 50s to the upper 70s from northwest to southeast, get ready for a big temperature drop for the evening. By 4:00 pm, we’ll be in the mid-40s to the mid-60s from northwest to southeast. By 7:00 pm, we’ll be in the lower 40s to the mid-50s from northwest to southeast.