Be on the lookout for a few strong storms today.
The first in a series of anticipated storm systems is bringing widespread rain and storms to Alabama on Saturday afternoon — and the threat of a few severe storms as well.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of west and north Alabama under a slight risk of severe weather for today.
A slight risk means scattered severe storms will be possible.
The rest of Alabama has a marginal risk, which means severe storms are possible but are anticipated to be more isolated.
The National Weather Service said the main risks with today’s storms will be damaging wind gusts and heavy rain. They could also generate frequent lightning.
It could be a lot of rain. Precipitation totals could hit 3 inches in parts of Alabama, which is still dealing with drought conditions in more than half of the state.
The weather service said isolated flash flooding could be possible in areas that receive multiple rounds of storms.
Storms were ongoing on Saturday afternoon across large parts of the state. Some were strong — and a few severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued as of just before 5 p.m.
However, the weather service has issued multiple special weather statements concerning strong storms across many parts of Alabama already this afternoon.
Storms across Alabama could become even more intense this afternoon — and a few could reach severe limits.
A severe thunderstorm is defined by the weather service as having wind gusts of 58 mph or greater or hail or 1 inch or more.
The weather service said the threat of storms will linger into Sunday as well as the first part of next week as multiple storm systems move into the area.