Thursday Afternoon Storms, Then Strong Storms Possible Friday

Showers and thunderstorms will begin increasing again Thursday afternoon. Multiple waves of strong storms are then possible Friday.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 4:23 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 9:35 AM

We have had a couple of stray shower that developed Wednesday afternoon. A small chance for a lone shower or two is still present through around 6 PM Wednesday evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms over Mississippi will weaken as the track toward Alabama Wednesday evening. While a couple of showers are possible for Northwest Alabama near the Mississippi state line, most of the Tennessee Valley will stay dry tonight.

We told you we would likely be dry until Friday, but new data Wednesday afternoon indicates an increasing risk for scattered showers and a few thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening. The Thursday morning drive will be dry. The evening drive, however, can become more soggy and slippery with areas of heavy rain. Those showers and thunderstorms can last through about midnight Thursday night/Friday morning.

Showers and thunderstorms will increase on Friday. New data this afternoon indicates a risk for a couple of severe thunderstorms, especially for Northeast Alabama. Latest data shows a dry first half of Friday. Showers and thunderstorms will start increase between 2 PM and 4 PM. They will ramp up through 6 PM. The storms can bring heavy rain, frequent lightning, and damaging winds. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. The storms will end temporarily around 7-8 PM Friday evening. Another round of potentially severe thunderstorms will track into the Valley starting between midnight and 2 AM early Saturday morning. Those storms can last through 6 AM, and they also will bring a risk for blindingly heavy rain, frequent lightning, and damaging winds.

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