As a line of storms begins to exit Alabama, there could be a break in the clouds over some parts of the state this afternoon.
Most of the storms are turning into scattered showers as the line of storms edges out of the state.
However, another round of storms could develop later this evening and continue into the overnight hours.
A severe thunderstorm watch is still in effect until 6 p.m. for the following counties:
Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and Tallapoosa.
Wind gusts with these storms could top 60 mph, similar to wind speeds that are often associated with a Category 1 hurricane.
Have a plan of action in place just in case a warning is issued and you need to quickly move to shelter. Large hail up to quarter or golf ball size may accompany some of these severe storms.
The peak time for severe storms will be from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. The primary threats will include winds over 50 mph, hail, and intense lightning.
While the tornado threat is very low, it's possible with this system we could see a quick spin-up. The highest risk for this to occur would be areas west of I-65.
More thunderstorms tonight?
There is a chance another wave of rain and thunderstorms could materialize over the state on Tuesday night and push eastward.
In between systems, we will catch a break with lingering clouds and humid conditions. This is all in response to a large upper level low rotating to the north of Alabama. This system is making a slow march east across the region, so expect another storm threat by noon on Wednesday.
There are indications by high resolution models that the storms on Wednesday will be more widely scattered across the area as opposed to lined up from north to south.
The threat for a few strong to severe thunderstorms will continue with the primary threat being damaging straight-line winds. We will also have to keep a close eye on storm tracks and speeds for the threat of flash flooding.
This threat will increase over the next 24 hours as heavy downpours associated with the storms continue to impact our state.
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