More light rain expected for Alabama today; severe storms possible tomorrow
The rain continued on Tuesday morning for parts of Alabama — but it appears the worst is over for now.
Showers could linger across parts of the state today but the good news is that they won’t be as heavy and the National Weather Service is dropping flash flood watches for the state.
Forecasters said while the threat for flash flooding has ended but an additional quarter to half-inch of rain will be possible in north and central Alabama through today.
The weather service said flooding could remain a problem in some areas where roads are flooded, and flooding will still be possible on rivers and creeks through the rest of the week.
Forecasters also continued to monitor the potential for severe weather on Wednesday.
The entire state could see severe storms Wednesday afternoon into the overnight hours, with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes the main concerns.
The Storm Prediction Center updated its outlook for Wednesday around lunchtime on Tuesday. The main change is that it pulled back the area in Alabama under a slight risk and replaced it with a marginal risk. Here’s Wednesday’s updated severe weather outlook:
It looks to be a late-night event, with storms moving into west Alabama late Wednesday and tracking eastward during the overnight hours.
It’s a good time to make sure you have a way to get weather warnings during the overnight hours. Some of the best ways are through a weather radio or smartphone app.
The potential for strong winds with storms could be a factor tomorrow. The winds combined with the soggy ground will make it easier to bring down trees and power lines, according to forecasters.
A few storms could be possible today as well. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has part of Alabama in a marginal risk for severe weather today:
A marginal risk means isolated severe storms will be possible. However, the weather service said that the chance of seeing severe storms today is on the low side.
Monday’s rain was enough to break records in a few cities, according to the weather service.
Birmingham’s official rainfall total on Monday was 2.6 inches, which broke the record of 2.5 inches set in 1981.
It was even soggier in Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa had 4.49 inches of rain on Monday, shattering the record of 2.5 inches set in 1981.
The weather service said rainfall amounts of 2-4.5 inches are common across the area from Monday.