We are already seeing severe storms with heavy winds move north through Central Alabama. Now, most of Central and North Alabama is under a tornado watch until 12 am midnight. Expect to see the watch more eastward.
So, here is what to expect. A strong storm system is currently moving through the southeast. The storm system has a squall line with extremely high winds ahead of a cold front. As of 5 pm Central, the squall line is in Central Mississippi, and moving East. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk for severe weather for North Mississippi and West Alabama, this will move eastward as well.
As for timings, the squall line will enter West Alabama this evening. It will move through Alabama during the overnight hours. It should exit Alabama and move into Georgia around the early morning hours of Tuesday. The squall line will have high winds, heavy rain, hail, and a possibility of an embedded tornado. The main worry is if supercell storms form ahead of the squall line, which could bring high winds and tornadoes, that is already happening.
Before the squall line and supercell storms get into NE Alabama / NW Georgia, winds will be gusty. We are under a wind advisory. And after the storms, we could deal with some flooding problems. The storms and severe weather will be gone by Tuesday afternoon. Temps will drop, and it will feel like Fall again! Here is the official timeline from the National Weather Service in Birmingham. You could see these times be moved up!
The bottomline, expect to see storms with strong winds and heavy rain! A tornado is not out of the question. Since this event will happen during the overnight hours here in NE Alabama / NW Georgia, you need to have a way to wake yourself up if a weather warning is issued. Have a NOAA weather radio or a weather app on your smartphone that can alert you and wake you up when severe weather arrives in your area. Do not rely on outdoor sirens! Also, make sure your phone is fully charged before the storms arrive in your area!
By Tuesday night, the storms will be gone, and the weather will be awesome for the next 5-7 days! Here is my map below!