WDHN Storm Team: Zeta will bring severe weather to Alabama tonight


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Zeta made landfall as a strong hurricane earlier today in SE Louisiana. Its path across Alabama will put the Wiregrass at an increased risk for severe weather.

Tonight, Zeta will bring strong storms into the Tri-State; first to the Western Wiregrass around midnight, then to Dothan and points east in the early morning hours. Areas west of Dothan could see sustained winds of 40+ mph and gusts upwards of 50+ mph. There is a Tropical Storm Warning out for Covington, Geneva, Pike, Coffee, Dale, and Barbour counties into the middle of the night. The current Tornado Watch lasts until Midnight CDT for Covington County, but there is potential for that Tornado Watch to be expanded eastward as we go through the night.

Thursday will bring an end to the potential severe weather in its entirety for most Tri-State residents before noon. Gusty winds will continue throughout the day. Any leftover rain in the early afternoon hours will be light. Sky conditions will improve significantly in the evening, and cold air will filter in overnight as temperatures drop into the low 50s.

Friday and Saturday will be dry and much cooler. Morning lows will start out in the low 50s, and afternoon highs will only climb into the low 70s.

A few isolated showers will be possible Sunday, but most of us should remain dry. We’ll keep temperatures a few degrees cooler than average for this time of year.

When you head out the door Monday morning, you’ll definitely want to put on an extra layer of clothing. Those morning lows will start off in the 40s, and we’ll only warm up to the middle 60s despite the mostly sunny skies.

Those chilly mornings and cool afternoons will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. As of right now, it looks like it will be quite some time before we really even think about the 80s again.

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