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FIRST ALERT: Possible strong to severe storms Sunday afternoon

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –

FIRST ALERT FOR POSSIBLE SEVERE STORMS TOMORROW: The latest forecast data suggests an organized line of thunderstorms will impact our far western counties beginning in the afternoon tomorrow. Some data suggests the storms could arrive as early as 2 p.m. So I would be weather alert for possible stormy weather during that time frame. The higher shear and instability will be along and west of I-65, so we will need to watch these areas for the threat of possible damaging winds, hail, or an isolated tornado. Storms could reach the Birmingham/Cullman/Centreville corridor by 5 p.m. The storms will then track into East Alabama, impacting places like Gadsden/Pell City/Childersburg by 8 p.m. The primary severe risk will be west of I-65, with a decreasing severe risk further east. I do think more storms and showers may try to materialize late tomorrow night before this system exits the state. These secondary storms may make a lot of noise and produce rumbles during the early morning on Monday; however, the severe risk will be much lower. I do think we could end up with some impressive rain amounts and possibly some localized flooding early Monday. Once again, stay weather alert beginning tomorrow afternoon and have the WBRC First Alert Weather App handy. I will have fresh updates beginning at 9 p.m. on WBRC.

ISOLATED STORMS THIS EVENING: It has felt like a summer day across Alabama, with feels-like temperatures in the 90-degree range. We are tracking some isolated pop-up showers and storms east of I-65. Be sure to check the Weather app for possible lightning alerts before heading out the door. The air mass will remain unseasonably warm and humid through tonight, with lows in the 60s.

CHANGES NEXT WEEK: Long range data is suggesting a cut-off low may develop over the southeast next week. What this will mean for our area is cloudy days, with elevated rain chances for the second half of the week. We will have a chance for rain and storms beginning late Wednesday and continuing into Thursday. Clouds will linger, with falling temperatures and showers on Friday and Saturday. I am concerned we could see some hail producers later next week so I want to give you a First Alert on that possibility. Join me tonight beginning at 9 p.m. on WBRC!

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