This is going to be a wild ride across the country when it comes to weather. Expect stormy weather this week across the Plains and Midwest including damaging winds and tornadoes. What does this mean locally? There's some uncertainty, but these are my thoughts. Thursday looks to be the most active day in Alabama. The rain and thunderstorm potential remains high with possibly a few strong storms. I'm not expecting significant severe weather locally. However, it is likely we will see heavy rain and thunderstorms beginning as early as Thursday morning.
This is the big picture. Low pressure tracking across the Great Lakes will be the driving force behind a cold front that will track across Alabama Thursday morning. Ahead of the front, we can expect a line of thunderstorms.
The NAM is showing rain arriving by 6am in West Alabama. The heaviest rainfall will cross the I-65 corridor by mid morning.
The graphic below showcases the best rain chances between 9am and 11am. The rain chances should decrease later in the afternoon
Impacts: Heavy rain, gusty winds over 30mph, and lightning. The greatest potential for thunderstorms will likely remain south of I-20 because of the increased instability. Rain chances should decrease during the late afternoon/evening.
Make sure to remain weather alert on Thursday for any changes. Plan on dealing with rain and thunderstorms Thursday morning and early afternoon. The WBRC First Alert weather app is a great source of weather information 24 hours per day.
Have a great Monday!
WBRC First Alert Chief Meteorologist