A Little Calmer….

Well, we dodged a bullet in West Alabama by not seeing a huge plethra of severe weather.  However, our friends in the southern half of the state from Montgomery to Dothan have gotten hammered with active weather all day.  Overnight, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain.  Tomorrow, skies will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s.  Have a great night!

 Updated by:  Michael White

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Saturday Severe Weather Update

The news is looking better with regard to the severe weather threat today. Right now a front is closing in on the Mississippi and Alabama state line. Areas of heavy rain, along with developing thunderstorms will be possible ahead of the front. We just experienced a heavy downpour outside of the station and this activity will continue over at-least the next hour. Look for the rain to depart from west-northwest to southeast; however, tonight we could have a few showers as an upper trough digs into the state. A tornado watch is still in effect for locations south of Tuscaloosa and places like Faunsdale, Marion, and Clanton could have a severe thunderstorm. The tornado watch will be in place until 6:00 p.m. The conditions over South-Central Alabama have become quite favorable for active weather and this coincides nicely with the moderate risk outlook. If you have travel plans that take you south into areas like Montgomery, Evergreen, or Troy, use caution and listen out for breaking weather statements. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Severe Weather Update

A tornado watch remains in place for parts of our area and if you check out the storm commander image you will notice the counties highlighted in that watch. This image updates every one minute so be sure to refresh your browser. Currently the roughest weather has been located to the southeast over places Like Hattiesburg, MS and now bearing down on towns like Quitman, MS. This would put the most dangerous storm just across the state line from Butler, AL. If this storm maintains it’s present course it could end up in southern Marengo County. Elsewhere, a shield of rain and thunderstorms was lifting into Pickens and Lamar Counties. One storm now shifting through Lamar County has prompted a severe thunderstorm warning until noon. In Lamar County straight-line winds in excess of 58 mph will be possible along with large hail. As mentioned in previous discussions, the amount of warm/moist air will serve as a key ingredient in sparking severe weather today. Thankfully, right now that ingredient is rather low, but as the day goes on, the warmer moist air will gradually build northward into the area. The locations we will have to watch closely in the viewing area for the possibility of tornadoes will be Marengo, Perry, Chilton, and southern Greene/Hale Counties. Stay tuned for further updates…

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Lamar County

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
  SOUTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL NOON CDT

* AT 1115 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING NICKEL SIZE HAIL.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF VERNON…OR ABOUT 6 MILES
  NORTHEAST OF COLUMBUS…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
  VERNON BY 1130 AM CDT…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CDT SATURDAY EVENING FOR SOUTHERN ALABAMA.

Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather

Tornado Watch Issued For Parts Of The Viewing Area

TORNADO WATCH 141 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE :AUTAUGA, BALDWIN, BARBOUR, BIBB, BULLOCK, BUTLER, CHAMBERS, CHILTON, CHOCTAW,
CLARKE, COFFEE, CONECUH, COOSA, COVINGTON, CRENSHAW,
DALE, DALLAS, ELMORE, ESCAMBIA, GENEVA, GREENE, HALE, HENRY, HOUSTON,
LEE, LOWNDES, MACON, MARENGO, MOBILE, MONROE, MONTGOMERY, PERRY, PIKE,
RUSSELL, SUMTER, TALLAPOOSA, WASHINGTON, and WILCOX.