The latest drought outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows moderate drought conditions occurring across parts of west and central Alabama and abnormally dry conditions across a large portion of the state. Tuscaloosa, west Jefferson, Pickens, Greene, west Shelby, north Bibb and southern Lamar are the counties in the WBRC viewing area that are experiencing some of the worst drought conditions.
We are tracking a very moisture enriched system impacting Texas and parts of the Midwest. This system will slowly migrate eastward and bring rain to the state on Saturday from west to east and especially on Saturday night into Sunday. The rain will be heavy at times and could lead to minor flooding or even flash flooding. I believe this problem will increase with each system we have in November through the winter. The drought situation will be gone before we know it and then we will be dealing with too much rain due to El Nino weather pattern influences.
Here's a look at the projected rainfall over the next 3 days:
Now is the time to start refreshing your mind as to what to do if you are faced with flash flooding. Remember, never to try and cross a flooded roadway. It only takes 6 inches of fast flowing water to knock you off your feet and only 2 feet of water to carry away most vehicles. Time and time again, people attempt to cross flooded roadways instead of turning around and finding an alternate route. It's not worth risking your life. Be safe please!
From your caring meteorologist on top of Red Mountain,
Jill Gilardi WBRC First Alert AMS Certified Meteorologist
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