First Alert: Loud, windy storms rolling through Alabama

Tornado risk for south Alabama, windy and wet elsewhere
... plus details explaining our overnight storm threat!
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 4:53 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 3:00 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A fast-moving line of intense thunderstorms is rolling through the state at this early hour. So far, these storms have behaved as expected, with gusty wind and heavy rain but no tornadoes in our part of the state. We’ll hope our good fortune continues as the storms continue to push eastward.

The highest threat of any severe weather will be far southern Alabama - specifically, counties that border the state of Florida - and the Florida Panhandle.

Aside from the severe weather threat, there will be strong non-thunderstorm winds through tomorrow afternoon. Wind speeds of 15-25 mph and gusts of 35-45 mph are expected areawide as the storms pass through, then gusts should drop to 25-35 mph tomorrow. This could bring some trees and limbs down and cause spotty power outages without any help from thunderstorms.

It will be windy tonight with gusts of 35-45 mph.
It will be windy tonight with gusts of 35-45 mph.(WSFA 12 News)

The rain will quickly depart tomorrow morning with sky turning partly cloudy as temperatures reach the upper 50s and 60s around lunchtime. Temperatures will fall a bit as the afternoon moves along tomorrow... the breeziness tomorrow will stick with us on Thursday under partly cloudy skies.

Temperatures will remain below normal late this week and this weekend. Look for highs in the lower 50s Thursday and Friday, with upper 50s returning for the month’s final weekend.

Friday and Saturday will bring more dry weather ahead of another system set to arrive Saturday night. That one will bring widespread rain Sunday and Sunday night. There does not appear to be any sort of severe weather risk associated with it at this time.