The Weather Authority | Potential For Severe Storms Ahead
From James Spann and the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:
SUNNY, WARM DAY: Temperatures are hovering around 80 degrees this afternoon with a sunny sky across the great state of Alabama. But, to the west, the weather is getting very active with everything from blizzard conditions to a PDS (particularly dangerous situation) tornado watch…
THE ALABAMA SITUATION TOMORROW: SPC (the Storm Prediction Center) maintains an “enhanced risk” of severe thunderstorms for much of Alabama tomorrow in a broad zone from Huntsville to Mobile… the standard “slight risk” continues for the rest of the state.
TIMING: There is increasing confidence that tomorrow morning will be quiet across the state; mostly dry with only a few isolated showers over West Alabama. A line of strong to severe storms will enter West Alabama around 2:00-3:00, reaching Tuscaloosa around 4:00-5:00… Birmingham 6:00-7:00, and then on into East Alabama reaching Anniston/Gadsden by 9:00. Our core 12 hour window for severe storms statewide is now from 2:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
THREATS: The main threat will from damaging straight line winds, but a few tornadoes are possible. In fact, SPC now has a hatched area on their Day 2 outlook (for tomorrow) that suggests potential for a few strong tornadoes over West Alabama, and parts of East and South Mississippi. Storms could also produce hail.
FLOODING: Flash flood watches have been issued for parts of Northwest and Southwest Alabama, but any place west of I-65 should see 2-3 inches of rain with potential for some flooding. Amounts over East Alabama will be in the 1-2 inch range for most places.
DON’T MISS A WARNING: I am aware there are many outdoor events tomorrow… just be sure you have a good way of hearing warnings if they are needed. Every home and business in Alabama needs a NOAA Weather Radio, and your phone needs a good app designed for warnings, like WeatherRadio by WDT. Never rely on an outdoor siren.
SUNDAY: Storms will exit the state early Sunday; the day will be mostly cloudy, breezy, and much cooler with temperatures holding in the 50s. A bit of light rain or drizzle is possible in spots on the back side of the departing storm system.
NEXT WEEK: The week looks dry; a cold front should pass through in dry fashion Wednesday, pulling down another surge of drier air for the end of the week. Mornings will be chilly; there is potential for some frost over the northern half of the state early Tuesday morning; growers will need to keep an eye on forecasts. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
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