A marginal severe weather event is setting up for tonight. Let me stress we're not expecting widespread severe weather. It is still a good idea to make sure your NOAA weather radio is working along with your WBRC First Alert weather app. Many of these storms.
Storms will likely arrive in Northwest Alabama by 9pm and continue overnight. Expect storms to impact the I-65 corridor by 2am and moving into the Anniston area and the rest of East Alabama by 4am. Storms should clear the area by 7am.
Weather Threats: Winds over 40mph, heavy rainfall, lightning, and isolated tornadoes. The tornado risk is low, but we still need to monitor overnight for a brief spin-up. Right now - it appears many of the storms should be elevated which will reduce our overall severe threat.
Cool Change: The sky should clear through the day on Thursday with gusty winds. Expect winds over 20mph with temperatures during the afternoon in the upper 40s. It will be chilly Thursday night with lows in the lower 30s. Friday should be mostly sunny with temperatures near 50.
Holiday Weekend Forecast: Expect rain to begin on Saturday. It is possible we could even see a bit of sleet when the rain begins. The best chances for rain will happen during the afternoon and continue through the evening. Highs Saturday will reach the lower 50s with lows New Year's Eve around 45. We will start 2017 with rain and a few thunderstorms Sunday with highs in the lower 60s. Rain will likely continue through Sunday night and again on Monday.