As of 11:22 am, we have a few clusters of rain and thunderstorms over the northern portions of Central Alabama and up into the southern portions of North Alabama. The strongest storm was located over parts of Winston and Cullman counties with pea-size hail and gusty winds up to 40 MPH being possible. Along with those threats, heavy rainfall and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning are occurring. Movement is to the southeast at 15 MPH.
Temperatures as of the 11:00 am roundup were in the mid-70s to the upper 80s across Central Alabama. The cool spot was Haleyville at 74 degrees while Troy and Montgomery were tied as the warm spots at 87 degrees. Birmingham was at 86 degrees.
We have a LEVEL 1 MARGINAL RISK for severe storms up for nearly all of North/Central Alabama throughout the rest of your Friday.
A boundary is currently located over the northern parts of the area and that will be the focal point for showers and thunderstorms to form through the next few hours. An isolated damaging wind gust or two will be possible. At this time, no watch is expected to be issued for North/Central Alabama.
A severe Thunderstorm Watch was just issued for the northern parts of Mississippi, western parts of Tennessee, and northeastern parts of Arkansas through 6:00 pm this evening for the threat of damaging winds up to 70 MPH and hail up to ping pong ball size.
We’ll continue to have the chance of scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms throughout the rest of the daylight hours and into the evening with a very small chance of one or two of those to become briefly severe. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 80s to the lower 90s. For tonight, much of the activity will die off after sunset, but we’ll continue to have a small chance of isolated showers and storms during the overnight hours. Lows will be in the upper 60s to the lower 70s.