First Alert: River flooding worsens along the Tombigbee

Scattered rain increases Wednesday and beyond...

New info on the river flooding situation in west Alabama

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A partly cloudy sky and cool temperatures headline Alabama’s forecast tonight. We’ll drop into the mid 40s by sunrise Tuesday. Dry weather continues tonight and most of tomorrow, but a few isolated showers creep into the picture late tomorrow. And, scattered rain will then appear frequently in our forecast - mainly light and spotty Wednesday, but the rain gets a bit heavier and more widespread Wednesday and beyond.

RIVER FLOODING SITUATION: The rivers across Alabama are all high, but some are worse than others. In our area, the most critical situation is along the Tombigbee River. At Demopolis, the river is forecast to rise to 83 feet by Thursday. If that verifies, it would mark the highest water level there since 1991, and the 9th highest in the historical record. Flooding is ongoing along the Tombigbee now, and it will only worsen this week.

Flooding will worsen this week near Demopolis
Flooding will worsen this week near Demopolis

The Alabama River is in better shape. Flooding will stay in the “minor” range at both Millers Ferry and Claiborne Dam; the Alabama River will drop below flood stage at Montgomery by Wednesday. At Selma, the river will stay below flood stage.

The Cahaba River at Suttle (Perry County) is above flood stage now, but will drop back below that number tonight and continue to drop through the week.

WINTER MAKES A COMEBACK: A strong Arctic high drops through the Plains this weekend; t his will deliver a shot of noticeably colder air Sunday and into early next week.

Cold air arrives next week
Cold air arrives next week (Source: WSFA 12 News)

This airmass will likely be several degrees below normal, and early guidance suggests highs in the 40s and 50s over the first half of next week. And, with an active subtropical jet stream, some wintry mischief could very well arise sometime in the March 4-7 window in the Southeast. It’s far too early to discuss placement, severity, or any details - it’s just something to watch.

Josh Johnson, WSFA First Alert Chief Meteorologist

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