Alabamians Should Stay Aware Ahead of Potential Severe Weather
A system of strong storms will enter Alabama late tonight and into the early Thursday morning hours. One of the issues of this potential severe weather threat is the timeframe because it could occur when people are sleeping and unaware.
According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, the main concerns are “damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour, quarter-size hail, and a brief tornado.” Also, there “will be a low risk for a severe storm or two as this activity moves across western and central portions of Central Alabama, but the threat will wane with eastward extent.”
Since this is a late-night weather event, we encourage you to not silence your phones when you go to bed tonight. This way if necessary you can receive weather information quickly.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that the Storm Prediction Center “maintains a low end, "marginal risk" (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms west of a line from Fort Payne to Calera to Thomasville in their day one outlook, which is valid through 6:00 a.m. tomorrow."
Timeline & Possible Threats
“The line of storms will enter the northwest corner of the state around 11:00 tonight... it will roll through during the pre-dawn hours with gusty winds. A brief, isolated tornado can't be totally ruled out, but is very unlikely,” said Spann. “There just isn't any surface-based instability and the main dynamic support will be lifting away from the Deep South.”
“Storms will weaken by daybreak, and they should stay below severe limits tomorrow morning as they push into Southeast Alabama. SPC has removed the "marginal risk" in their outlook for tomorrow, valid after 6:00 a.m.,” said Spann.
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