First Alert: Rain, storms likely this week

Strong storms possible late Wednesday/early Thursday

Rain and thunderstorms return this week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Bright, sunny and warm - Monday was as good as it gets in February in Alabama! I sincerely hope you enjoyed it, because it will soon change. Rain, and plenty of it, is on the way this week.

Our wet stretch begins tomorrow - a few scattered showers will pop up tomorrow; the coverage will be 50/50, and most of the rain will be light. We don’t expect any thunderstorms tomorrow.

A wave of low pressure forms along an approaching cold front Wednesday; this will help kick off a cluster of thunderstorms in the northern Gulf Wednesday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, that cluster of storm will push into south Alabama. Within these storms, there could be a couple of damaging wind gusts. And, with plenty of wind shear in the atmosphere, we can’t rule out a brief tornado or two.

The storms depart Alabama Thursday morning, ending the risk of severe weather. Overall, this setup is marginal - the severe weather risk is low, but not zero.

Colder air sweeps into the state Friday, with a weak front bringing a few more sprinkles or showers this weekend. The air behind this front will be sharply colder; highs Friday stay in the 50s, and we’ll drop into the 30s Friday night into Saturday morning. No storms, though!

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