Our area has the potential for 2 rounds of unsettled and severe weather. Alabamians should stay aware ahead of the systems targeting portions of the Yellowhammer state Wednesday through Friday.

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham said that we can expect “periods of rain and storms through that period. This will include the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening, as well as a stronger storm system Thursday night into Friday morning. We'll also see strong non-thunderstorm winds Thursday night into Friday, much like this afternoon.”

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Wednesday Notes

James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that the Storm Prediction Center for Wednesday “has introduced a "marginal risk" (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for the northern 2/3 of Alabama Wednesday.”

“Scattered storms that form Wednesday afternoon/evening could produce small hail and strong, gusty winds. Otherwise, Wednesday will be a warm day with more clouds than the sun... the high will be close to 80 degrees,” said Spann.

National Weather Service Highlights

1st Severe Weather Potential

When: Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Where: Most of Central Alabama.

Threats: Large hail, damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Thursday and Friday Notes

“Thursday will be a warm, breezy day with developing showers along with a high in the 77-81 degree range. A more meaningful severe weather threat unfolds Thursday night into Friday morning as a dynamic weather system will race through the state. SPC has much of the state covered in a severe weather risk during the time frame,” said Spann.

Thursday and Friday Timing

“For now it looks like the main window for severe storms will come from about 9:00 p.m. Thursday until 9:00 a.m. Friday and the main threat will come from damaging straight-line winds. But, a tornado or two can't be ruled out based on the forecast wind profiles,” said Spann.

National Weather Service Highlights

2nd Severe Weather Potential (stronger system)

When: Thursday night into Friday morning.

Where: All of Central Alabama.

Threats: Damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph, tornadoes, and quarter-size hail. *Non-thunderstorm wind gusts up to 40 mph are also possible.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

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