Weather Info: West, Central Alabama Upgraded to an Enhanced Risk
We are closely monitoring weather conditions that could bring our coverage area an active weather day on Thursday, February 16.
Now is a great time to review your severe weather plan for your locations and home and at work. Also, know exactly where you would shelter inside your location and your nearest public shelter. It’s always best to be prepared ahead of the storm when you don’t have to rush to find information. Be sure you have multiple ways to receive reliable weather information.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham said that “a strong storm system is poised to move into the Southeast beginning as early as tonight and lasting through the day on Thursday. We could see a few severe storms tonight, followed by increasing severe storm chances on Thursday and Thursday night. “
It is our Townsquare Media policy that if any of the counties in our coverage area go under a tornado warning, we will bring you nonstop weather coverage to keep you informed and safe. Our coverage includes Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties.
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Storm Prediction Center Outlook
New information > The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of our coverage areas within a level 3 out of 5 which is an "enhanced risk" for severe thunderstorms.
Outside of that area, the remaining part of the state of Alabama is under a “slight risk” which is a level 2 out of 5.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham mentions a risk for severe weather in the far northwest counties from Thursday 2 a.m. until 8 a.m. with threats of a brief tornado, damaging winds up to 60 mph, and quarter-sized hail. Then more activity from Noon until Midnight. However, our coverage areas would be in the Noon to 8 p.m. window.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that “the window for strong to severe thunderstorms will open up around noon for the northwest corner of the state, with the risk spreading to the southeast during the afternoon and evening hours. The event will wind down a little after midnight for southeast Alabama.”
Damaging Winds Up to 70 mph
Gradient winds not related to any thunderstorms with gusts up to 30 mph
“Thunderstorms across Alabama tomorrow afternoon and evening will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes. The higher tornado probabilities are across parts of West Alabama, where SPC has defined a hatched area, meaning a strong tornado is possible (EF-2 or higher),” said Spann.
Storm Prediction Center – Probability of a Tornado – 10% to 14%
Storm Prediction Center – Probability of Severe Wind – 30% to 44%
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