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A sprawling springtime weather system is likely to bring the threat of severe storms and heavy rain to our area over the next several days.  For today, the severe weather will remain to our west but will spread east late tonight and Tuesday before finally moving away on Wednesday.

Much of Mississippi and western Alabama has been placed under a Moderate Risk for tornadoes today, with the News3 coverage area only on the fringe of the surrounding Slight Risk for later tonight.  A Slight Risk for Tuesday and Tuesday night does include Columbus and the surrounding area, with a Moderate risk west of Montgomery and north toward Birmingham, as of this afternoon.

We'll avoid any tornadoes or other severe storms today.  By early morning Tuesday, a squall line is expected to approach the valley with some potential for damaging winds.  Later in the day, a second - more volatile - threat may materialize, but it will depend on the atmosphere recovering after the morning rain, which may act to stabilize the air.

The threat of heavy rain will also be a prime concern, and flood watches have been posted due to the prolonged nature of the weather event and slow movement of the system.  Amounts of 2 to 5 inches are possible over a large part of Georgia and Alabama which could result in flash flooding and/or major river and stream flooding. 

Stay informed with frequent updates over the next few days from your First Alert weather team, on the air and online.

Kurt Schmitz

Kurt joined WRBL's First Alert 3 staff in September 2011 after a 34-year career in television meteorology. More>>

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