First Alert: Severe storms possible Wednesday

Rain returns to the forecast starting Monday

First Alert: Update on Wednesday's severe weather threat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Multiple opportunities for rain arise during the workweek, but Wednesday’s system has our attention for the threat of severe weather. We’ll start there first.

A potent system will approach from the west Wednesday, bring rain and thunderstorms to our area. The atmospheric ingredients needed for severe weather, including shear and instability, are enough for us to place all of central and south Alabama under some sort of threat.

Risks: Tornadoes, damaging wind and large hail

Timing: Wednesday - Wednesday night

Severe weather is possible Wednesday - Wednesday night
Severe weather is possible Wednesday - Wednesday night (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Now is the time to get your severe weather plan together.

This is an evolving situation as the system is still a few days out. We’ll be able to pinpoint details on timing and exact threats as the system approaches, so continue to check back in for updates.

In the meantime...

Rain chances return tomorrow and stick around for a while.

We’re watching a cold front approach Alabama from the west this evening. An isolated shower or two are possible overnight, but most everyone will stay dry. Then, scattered showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms are possible on Monday. The risk of strong storms will stay to our northwest, and for us, this will be far from a washout. In fact, some of you won’t see rain at all.

Scattered showers are possible Monday, but not everyone will see rain
Scattered showers are possible Monday, but not everyone will see rain (Source: WSFA 12 News)

More rain is likely on Tuesday as a warm front drapes across the Deep South. Showers and storms are likely through Tuesday night.

More rain is likely Tuesday
More rain is likely Tuesday (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A second cold front arrives Wednesday, bringing the risk of severe weather we talked about above. This is St. Patrick’s Day, so if you have plans to celebrate outdoors, it is time to rethink those plans.

As Wednesday approaches, make sure you have a fully charged weather radio, charged up phone, a safe space to go to, and a plan to get to your safe space fast if a warning is issued for your area.

7 Day
7 Day (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Showers and storms associated with that system will exit the state Thursday morning.

Behind all of this rain arrives cooler air. If these warmer-than-normal temperatures haven’t been your cup of tea, relief is in sight - temperatures in the 60s will be back by the end of the workweek.

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