Our quiet but chilly weather trend will be coming to an end soon. There is a weather system forming to our west that could travel towards Alabama, bringing us the potential for Severe Weather on Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham predicts the timeline for the “risk of severe storms from 3 AM to 11 AM on Saturday for locations generally along and south of I-20. The main threat appears to be from damaging winds, but tornadoes cannot be ruled out.”

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It is a good idea to check back often because weather information changes as we get closer to the potential weather scenario. At this time, there are two risk areas for portions of our coverage areas, slight and marginal risk.

Slight Risk Area Threats

Damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour

Tornadoes possible

Marginal Risk Area Threats

Damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour cannot be ruled out

James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist gives us more insight into the two various weather rounds for Saturday. “The first will come through during the early morning hours Saturday, in the general time frame from 1:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. These storms could produce strong winds and hail, and there is some risk of an isolated tornado or two.”

There is the potential for a mid-day lull, James Spann noted that “the air becomes unstable by afternoon, and additional showers and storms will likely form ahead of a cold front. These storms could produce large hail and strong straight-line winds… the wind profiles become somewhere unidirectional by afternoon, so for now, the tornado threat looks low with this round of storms.”

This is a developing weather situation, and we will be sure to keep you up to date on any weather changes.

(Source) For more information from the National Weather Service Birmingham, click here. To follow James Spann’s AlabamaWX Weather Blog, click here.

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