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January 29, 2013

Forecasters say Alabama at risk for severe weather



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters say clashing weather systems are creating a chance for severe weather in Alabama.

The National Weather Service says severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rains and isolated tornadoes are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The problem is an advancing cold front that's moving toward Alabama from the west. Forecasters say strong storms could develop as the cooler air meets with warm, moist flowing northward from the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasts show storms developing in western Alabama early Wednesday, with the threat continuing through early afternoon in eastern Alabama.

The weather service says winds gusting to 60 mph are possible in southwest Alabama, and winds up to 45 mph are possible further north.

Temperatures will be cooler on Thursday after the storms pass.

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