Flood Watch Continues with Potential Severe Weather into This Afternoon

Flood Watch Continues with Potential Severe Weather into This Afternoon

By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

CLANTON – Monday 7:30 am, February 12, 2024

A Tornado Watch is in effect for much of south Alabama until 9 am and a Flood Watch for portions of central Alabama until 6 pm.

Widespread 2-4 inches of rain has fallen from Sunday until 6 am this morning, with radar estimates of 5+ inches around the I-85 region where Flood Warnings are in effect.  Catoma Creek near Montgomery will be in Moderate Flood Stage through 9 am Tuesday with residential and significant street flooding.  An additional 1-3 inches of rain will occur with locally higher amounts in thunderstorms through 6 pm, especially across the southern half of the state.

The severe threat will end in the western sections of the state by late morning and the southeastern sections by late afternoon.  Through the afternoon hours, the highest threat of severe weather will be east of I-65 and south of I-85 with potential supercell development containing damaging wind gusts, hail, torrential rainfall and a couple of tornadoes.  It is possible the current Tornado Watch will be expanded in time.

Elsewhere across the state, a Marginal Risk is in place, and there can be an isolated damaging straight-line wind gust or two as storm redevelopment along a cold front is expected to occur later this morning into the afternoon.  But again, the greatest threat of severe weather will be in the southeastern sections of the state.

Some rain will linger into tonight in far northern AL, and a brief transition to snow may occur near and north of the TN River between 10 pm and 3 am.  No road impacts will occur with any snowfall, but a brief accumulation on some grassy areas is possible before quickly melting.  

Finally, gusty northwest winds from 20-30 mph will occur behind the rainfall from this afternoon until around sunrise Tuesday.  There can be gusts up to 40 mph in the higher elevations of northeast AL.

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