The forecast this evening remains on track with storms that first developed over West Alabama lifting further north and northeast across the I-65 corridor. Some of the storms have been quite strong. In fact, our weather watcher Tony McDonald reported a 55 mph wind gust as a storm moved over Lamar County earlier. The chance for a passing shower or storm will linger through the evening hours tonight as a weak warm front continues to lift northward across our state. As far as the severe threat, a tornado watch borders some of our West Alabama counties and I expect that threat to remain west of here. Our primary concern is for cloud to ground lightning and damaging straight-line wind gusts.
MORE RAIN/STORMS FOR MEMORIAL DAY: A passing shower or thunderstorm will be likely over the next few days as an unsettled flow pattern becomes established over the state. One thing you will notice is a big increase in the moisture levels which will also fuel scattered heavy downpours. In this type of setup I would certainly keep the umbrella handy as a shower or storm could develop at any time. The greatest chance for development will continue to be during the afternoon and early evening.
SEVERE STORM THREAT: The threat for a strong to severe storm will continue tomorrow, with the primary risk being damaging straight line winds. I’m more concerned about Tuesday as an organized cluster of storms could possibly impact the area late in the day. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight risk for severe weather on Tuesday that includes areas north of I-59. The severe risk will primarily be damaging straight-line winds, although an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out due to more favorable wind fields.
Rain chances will remain very elevated through Wednesday and the remainder of the week. I will have more specifics on the long range forecast after the NASCAR Race coverage tonight on Fox6!
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Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt