Scattered storms and gusty winds in the Valley

First Alert Forecast
Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 at 11:04 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Scattered storms with gusty winds and small hail will track east into the evening. The threat for severe weather is low but some isolated winds up to 50 mph could produce localized wind damage.

By Midnight tonight most of the rain should be over southern Marshall and DeKalb counties. Some rain could linger in these areas for the Tuesday morning commute. By Tuesday afternoon it will be mostly cloudy and warm with highs reaching the lower 70s.

Wednesday is now a First Alert Weather Day.

Confidence is increasing for a widespread threat for severe storms. It is looking like three rounds of severe weather will be possible. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. a warm front will lift north across the area into Middle Tennessee. Along this front we will be watching storms that could move to the right along this boundary. This would increase the tornado threat and also lead to large hail. The warm front will continue to move north into Tennessee through the afternoon. Behind this front it will be warm an muggy and increasing more unstable.

Round two will move in between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday. During this time we will be watching for individual thunderstorm development. If these storms get going they will quickly become severe and race to the northeast at 50-60 mph. These storms would be capable of destructive hail, winds over 70 mph, significant lightning and stronger tornadoes. A cold front will sweep across the area between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. This will put an end to the threat of severe weather from west to east. Within this line we will be watching for bowing segments that could be capable of widespread high wind and embedded tornadoes. Flash flooding will also become a threat with the last line of storms.

You should be preparing yourself and your family for the possibility of significant severe weather on Wednesday. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings. The WAFF 48 First Alert Weather app, NOAA weather radio and television are good options. Power outages will be possible and some areas could be without power overnight into Thursday morning.

If you live in a remote area be advised emergency crews might take longer to reach you if roads are covered with debris. Stay weather alert!

We will keep you up to date and track the storms as they move through.

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