Severe weather will be possible across nearly all of Alabama on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Damaging wind gusts and large hail will be the main things to look for, forecasters said. The tornado threat will lower but not zero, especially across southern Alabama.
The southern half of the state has the better chance for seeing strong storms, but isolated severe weather will be possible for most of the northern part of Alabama as well.
Strong storms will be possible throughout the day on Sunday, but the most likely time for severe weather will be from around lunchtime into the evening hours, according to the weather service.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has the southern half of Alabama in a Level 2 out of 5 risk for severe weather on Sunday.
A Level 2 (slight) risk means that scattered severe storms will be possible.
The rest of the state, except for part of northwest Alabama, will have a Level 1 risk on Sunday, which means that isolated severe storms will be possible.
The weather service is expecting a line of rain and storms to push through part of the state on Sunday morning. While some of those could be strong, that’s not expected to be the main storm maker on Sunday.
Instead there could be a few stronger storms later during the afternoon as the cold front moves into the state.
However, forecasters cautioned that the earlier round of rain could help to stabilize the atmosphere and decrease the risk for storms during the afternoon, so trends will be watched carefully.
The cold front is expected to move out of the state on Sunday night, and much cooler weather is expected across Alabama starting on Monday.
Monday night and Tuesday nights could bring below-freezing temperatures to the northern part of the state before warmer weather returns later in the week.