Severe weather threatens area late today

The strongest severe weather threat to the Opelika-Auburn News coverage area is later tonight, according to information issued Monday morning from the National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

The cold front will continue to slide east giving storms for Central Tennessee and North Alabama. 80s is possible the further south you live.

The enhanced risk notes more numerous or widespread severe storms - some of those can be intense.

Monday morning, the Storm Prediction Center had nearly all of Georgia in a slight risk for severe weather. Your Monday morning commute will likely take a bit more time than it would on a dry morning.

A few storms may become severe and produce damaging wind gusts to 60 miles per hour, small hail, brief heavy rain and frequent lightning.

Large hail, damaging winds, and potentially large, destructive tornadoes are possible.

The expected impact of large hail is moderate, and the expected impact of lightning and damaging wind is elevated. The area with the greatest risk for severe weather is Clay, Archer, Young, Jack, Montague and Stephens county.

From now until around 3:00 p.m. on Monday, we can expect to see cloudy skies and very few showers. The Decatur school system has canceled after-school activities today. A strong tornado can not be ruled out.

Metro Atlanta and Gwinnett County is under a "level 2" (slight) risk for the same activity. Stay weather alert on Monday and be sure to download our First Alert Weather App for Alerts. Tornado threat is low, but not zero.

  • Leroy Wright