It's going to be difficult to escape the rain on this 4th of July.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the eastern half of Alabama. We can expect cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, and torrential downpours throughout the afternoon.
The NWS has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Colbert, Lawrence and Limestone counties until 8:15 p.m. A Flash Flood warning is in effect for Cullman and Morgan counties until 5:15 p.m.
It's possible we could see three inches of rain or more across the area. I think the hardest hit places for heavy rain will be Gadsden, Anniston, Talladega, Pell City, and Ashland.
There is a very small possibility of a strong storm with winds over 30 mph or even isolated tornado within all this mess because of enhanced wind shear later today.
Again, that's a small chance and the most favored areas for that to happen would be in the Southern portion of the state all the way to the Florida panhandle where higher instability can be reached.
What about fireworks tonight? This is a very touchy forecast. Our forecast models here at Fox 6 have indicated less rain coverage after 8 p.m., but it's difficult to predict exactly where the rain will be.
Areas west of I-65 may be able to even escape some evening showers. Overall, I do think we will see a decrease in rainfall intensity later tonight. It appears the peak time for heavy rainfall will range from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. So, there is hope.
I suggest staying close to radar information and the Fox 6 Weather App as well as Fox 6 throughout the day.
[Click here for a list of Fourth of July events around Central Alabama to see which ones are canceled and which are still going on. ]
More rain is expected tomorrow and throughout much of the weekend. We are sandwiched between a front to the west and a high pressure area to the east.
Abundant tropical moisture will stream into the Southeast over the next several days. Accumulated rainfall will reach upwards of 4" by Saturday morning.
Happy 4th and stay dry if you can!
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