We continue to track a stream of moisture coming in from the west with areas of light to moderate rain falling to the north of I-20. To the south of I-20, rain cooled air continues to surge southward and ignite more showers and storms. The biggest threat initially with the storms will be heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.
FLASH FLOODING is expected or occurring where an estimated 3-6" of rain has already fallen in Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Jefferson and northeastern Shelby counties. An additional 1-3" of rain is possible this morning across those counties. If you approach a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternate route.
FLASH FLOODING REPORTS:
- Lamar county where several roads are covered with 6"+ of rainfall
- Ensley: Village Creek Avenue West has gone above flood state
- Lakeshore Gardens
- 32 Street North and Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd
- Water rescues at an apartment complex along Shades Creek
Travel will be slow and potentially dangerous. Caution is extremely advised. Avoid using cruise control, go slower than normal and turn on your headlights so other drivers can see you. Visibility will be limited due to heavy rainfall and blow off from vehicles in front of you.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect through Sunday morning for almost the entire Fox 6 viewing area except the southern tier of counties from Greene to Chambers.
The heaviest rain is expected this morning, though the intensity letting up some to the north of I-20. A weakening trend is expected north of I-20 the rest of today with a strengthening trend southward. By mid-afternoon we'll see additional storms developing and moving in from the west. Data suggests by the evening hours that the coverage of storms will decrease. Still calling for a 30% chance for showers and storms during Thunder on the Mountain.
There is a slight risk for severe storms for counties along and south of I-20. Storms this afternoon across that zone will have a better chance of gaining the most strength and could produce hail but the biggest threat will be damaging winds. If a severe storm warning is issued for your location, go inside and be sure you bring in any loose yard items and close the porch umbrella.
The wettest weather is expected today through Sunday morning and then the weather should gradually improved from west to east tomorrow. It looks like a much drier week ahead with only slight rain and storm chances on a daily basis. Temperatures will be held back today and Sunday with highs in the lower 80s. Seasonal temperatures are expected by mid-week with lows in the lower 70s and highs around 90°.
Check for additional storm updates later today!
Have a safe holiday weekend,
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist