(WAFF) - A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 6 a.m. for most areas of north Alabama.
We are tracking a line of strong to severe storms that will move east across Mississippi through the early morning hours. We anticipate the leading edge of this line will make it to the Alabama state line around 2 a.m. Storms will enter the Shoals soon after.
Damaging winds up to 60 mph will be possible in isolated areas along with torrential rainfall and excessive lightning. As the morning wears on we could see a weakening trend with the storms between 3-4 a.m. as they enter the Huntsville metro area and communities along I-65 (north and south).
The storms could impact areas of northeast Alabama between 4-6 a.m. with strong gusty winds up to 50 mph. Stay tuned to WAFF and our First Alert Weather App for more details throughout the night.
Power outages will be possible if severe storms do develop due to lightning and or high winds impacting power lines.
Rain chances will drop by the middle of the morning on Thursday with sunshine returning for the afternoon with a west wind at 5-15 mph. Only a few pop-up showers are expected Thursday afternoon and evening with temperatures in the lower to middle 80s.
It will be a hot and muggy Friday, Saturday and Sunday with highs in the lower 90s and isolated pop-up storms.