A Few Severe Thunderstorms Possible This Afternoon Through Tonight

By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

CLANTON – Sunday 7:00 am, April 17, 2022

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Showers and thunderstorms will develop across much of the state through the morning hours.  As we head into the afternoon, a few storms could become severe with the main threats of damaging straight-line winds and hail up to golfball size.  Although the overall tornado threat is low, one or two are possible in the SPC Slight Risk area in southwest AL as shown in the graphic above.

A line of thunderstorms ahead of a cold front will move into the western sections of the state late this afternoon or early evening, continue eastward and exit the southeastern sections between 12 am and 4 am Monday.  Straight-line winds and hail are the main threats.

In addition, due to the heavy rainfall that occurred yesterday combined with an additional 1-2 inches forecast today and tonight, a few areas may experience flash flooding, especially in urban areas.

After tonight, the current forecast is for the state to remain rain-free from late Monday morning through next weekend.

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