MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After a good bit of rain moved through the area yesterday afternoon and evening, we were left with some wet roads. That, combined with all the extra moisture in the atmosphere helped produce some patchy fog early on this Tuesday. Although reduced visibility was an issue for some it won't be a problem for much longer. The sun is starting to come out ever so slightly in a few spots, and that will allow for temperatures to start the process of warming up...
Today: Still looks like a mixed sky for the late morning/early afternoon as showers and storms gradually start forming across the state. Before we see any rain, temperatures look to reach the low 90s; this is right around average for this time of year, but in the spots that are dry it will easily feel much warmer. I don't think the majority of the state stays dry today... it looks like another round of rain is going to cool off much of the region throughout afternoon.
What We're Watching: A low pressure system that has spread over a large portion of the area will continue to spin across the central Gulf Coast region. Precipitable water values remain above 2", which means much like yesterday there is a high moisture content in the atmosphere. This rich, tropical air mass will allow for more scattered to numerous showers/thunderstorms across a large portion of Alabama by this afternoon. Low-level winds look to show an enhanced axis of convergence over western Alabama, so the highest chance of rain looks to be west of I-65. There were a few minor flooding issues across the state Monday, so we will be watching for some minor problems again today, but mostly in flood-prone areas; winds shifting in the atmosphere today give us some hope that when these showers do form they don't sit in the same area for too long.
What's Different?: Now that 24 hours has past, a few small details have changed about this overall forecast. Computer models are gradually beginning to agree on the evolution of this low pressure system and how it impacts the South: there are still some small differences that remain between the forecasts... a more slow, westerly progression is expected over the next several days. The overall rain totals forecast still looks solid between 2"-4" for central portions of the state and slightly higher amounts (3"-6") down in south Alabama. Locally higher amounts are definitely a possibility as well.
We'll be watching for sure, and you can too straight from your WSFA First Alert weather app... it's a helpful (and free!) tool that lets you track showers and storms no matter where you are.