Heavy rain, severe weather possible through Friday
Published 10:03 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Emergency management officials are closely watching a weather pattern that is expected to reach the Brewton area Thursday and continue through Friday.
According to a report by Escambia EMA Director David Adams, as much as four inches of rainfall can be expected across the region on Thursday with higher amounts – up to six inches – in isolated areas.
“The heaver rainfall will be focused more along the coastal counties of Alabama,” Adams said. “Localized areal or flash flood warnings may be required where excesssive rainfall occurs in a short period of time.
Indications are that the storms could end for the area sometime Friday evening, the report said.
National Weather Service officials predict an area of showers and thunderstorms will develop, expand and approach the area form the west Thursday evening. The area will steadily progress across the region Thursday night as a slow moving cold front approaches. Rainfall…possibly heavy at times…will be possible through the period ending late Friday afternoon.
Another wave of surface low pressure will then move northward along the stalled cold front Friday evening depositing additional rainfall perhaps as much as another one to two inces.
In addition to heavy rains and possible damaging winds, there is also a slight risk for localized marginal severe hail that could reach up to one inch in diameter.
Looking into the weekend…the main impacts from the rainfall will be that area rivers will rise once again form their current levels.