Danger of severe weather for Alabama on Tuesday and Wednesday

Brace yourself for some storms today and tonight.

Strong to severe storms are possible across the country from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning ahead of a cold front, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters said multiple storm waves are possible.

West Alabama is expected to be the area with the greatest severe weather potential, but the National Weather Service warned Alabamians strong storms will be possible across the state.

Tornadoes, wind gusts of up to 100 km/h, hail and torrential rain are possible.

Rain will be possible throughout the day, but the threat of storms could begin in western Alabama later in the afternoon and spread eastward overnight.

According to forecasters, the initial storm wave could pose a risk of hail. Tornado potential is expected to increase later in the afternoon.

Storms are expected to lose some of their clout as they move east overnight, but don’t let your guard down no matter where you are in Alabama, forecasters said.

With many not encountering storms until the late hours of the night, it’s important to ensure you have a reliable way to receive severe weather alerts to wake you up when needed.

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has a Level 3 out of 5 — or increased — risk of severe weather in western Alabama. It has been expanding since Monday and now includes not only northwest Alabama but also parts of west-central Alabama.

A Level 3 risk means numerous severe storms are possible.

Much of northern, central, and southern Alabama has a Level 2 severe weather risk, meaning isolated severe storms are a possibility.

The rest of the state is at Level 1 risk and could face isolated severe storms. The storms may not reach east Alabama until Wednesday morning, and southern and eastern Alabama are at Level 1 severe weather risk Wednesday.

Here’s how the Storm Prediction Center defines its risk categories:

Severe Weather Risk Categories

Portions of Alabama will have a Level 3 severe weather risk later today.

In addition to strong storms, there could be plenty of heavy rain and the Mobile Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Choctaw, Washington, Clarke, Wilcox, Monroe and Mobile and Baldwin counties. It is valid from noon today until Wednesday morning.

The weather service said multiple rounds of training thunderstorms could drop 3 to 5 inches of rain — and higher amounts are possible locally, too.

NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center is also concerned about flooding and has a Level 3 out of 4 flash flood risk for parts of southwest Alabama:

The threat of storms does not end Tuesday, but extends through Wednesday, and the Storm Prediction Center has a Level 1 risk for severe weather in southern and eastern Alabama on Wednesday:

Severe weather forecast for Wednesday

In the dark green areas, isolated violent thunderstorms are possible in the first half of the day on Wednesday.

Cooler, drier air is expected to follow behind the cold front during the day Wednesday, according to the weather service, and temperatures could drop below freezing in parts of northern and central Alabama Wednesday night.

The chance of rain could increase again from Friday to Saturday, but no severe weather is expected over the weekend.