By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – Monday, 6:30 am April 3, 2023
An area of showers and thunderstorms will move slowly across the state this morning into the early afternoon. In southern Alabama, a surface warm front has moved into the region which has aided in the development of strong to severe storms. A few storms well south of Hwy 80/I-85 may produce straight-line wind damage, hail to quarter size, and possibly a brief tornado. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 11 am for the southwestern portions of the state.
Redevelopment of a few storms is possible statewide from mid-afternoon through mid-evening, especially across the southern portions of Alabama. A couple of damaging straight-line wind gusts and large hail are possible. The tornado threat is very low and widespread severe weather is not expected.
Very heavy rain will result in widespread 1-3 inches by this evening with localized amounts up to five inches over southern Alabama. A Flood Watch is in effect for the southeastern sections until 8 pm.
Another storm system will likely produce a line of thunderstorms moving into the state Wednesday evening into early Thursday. In addition, a few thunderstorms may develop in northwest AL ahead of the line late Wednesday afternoon. Confidence is currently low on severe weather, but at least an isolated risk for severe storms exists near and north of I-20.