Scattered showers and storms arrive early Tuesday

Tornado strikes near Birmingham, but threat stays north of Montgomery

Very warm and active start to the last week of January

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It’s going to be an active and unseasonably warm first few days of the last week of January. Highs today felt more like April instead of January... many climbed into the low and mid 70s easily, and we will likely do it again tomorrow. While we saw some sunshine earlier today, we’re now on the cloudier end of the spectrum; an overcast sky will keep temperatures mild tonight, but they are also a sign of a saturated atmosphere that could producer showers and storms later this evening.

A Tornado Watch is in effect for Marengo, Perry, Chilton and Coosa counties. It technically runs until 6am, but will be trimmed from west to east as the storms pass. The risk level in those counties is low, but if you live there, you should stay weather aware. South of there, the risk of tornadoes is near zero.

Once the front passes through our area early Tuesday, it will stall just to our south. That will provide a decent chance at scattered showers and thunderstorms for folks along and south of U.S. 80 throughout the day Tuesday.

That front will then lift north as a warm front Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, which will bring a high chance of rain and storms for the entire area during that period. In some rare instances, storms riding along the warm front can pose a very isolated, very brief tornado risk. So, we’ll keep an eye on south Alabama early Wednesday. Again, its a longshot, and the overall severe weather risk is very, very low.

Showers and a few storms are expected late Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Showers and a few storms are expected late Tuesday night into Wednesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

We will all dry out by or shortly after lunchtime Wednesday with cooler temperatures for most in the 60s.

No severe weather is expected over the next few days, but some pockets of heavy rain are certainly a good bet with an abundance of moisture in the atmosphere. It will feel muggy!

Warm temperatures and on/off showers are expected now through Wednesday...
Warm temperatures and on/off showers are expected now through Wednesday... (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Conditions will turn breezy again for Wednesday and Thursday as colder air advects in from the north behind the departing cold front. Highs will be in the 50s Wednesday and jump back into the lower 60s heading into the weekend.

Fortunately it will turn sunny to end the week and kick off the weekend. Another chance of showers and perhaps a thunderstorm enters the forecast for next Sunday with another front.

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