10:14 PM-Severe Weather Update/Tornado Watch


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 41 IN
EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM CST WEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 16 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ALABAMA
BIBB, BLOUNT, JEFFERSON, SHELBY, ST. CLAIR, WALKER

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA
ETOWAH

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA
MARION, WINSTON

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA
FAYETTE, GREENE, HALE, LAMAR, PICKENS,
SUMTER, TUSCALOOSA

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Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

4:20 PM-Severe Weather Update

We shattered the 1957 record high temperature of 77-degrees in Tuscaloosa. Today’s high temperature reached 81-degrees! This warm air will continue to fuel scattered showers and thunderstorms this evening. Right now the inversion overhead is limiting storm development. This will change overnight as the cap weakens and forced lifting in the form of a front moves in.

Right now there is a tornado watch in place for the northern half of Mississippi. The watch will be in place through midnight and it may be extended eastward by midnight. A very dangerous storm producing a possible tornado is tracking into the Mississippi Delta at the time of this posting. We’re currently in contact with storm chase teams in that region and we will relay any interesting reports we receive. This is located in the high risk zone highlighted by the Storm Prediction Center.

A squall line will progress eastward and by midnight this feature will be approaching the AL-MS state line. Look for the storms to progress into the Jasper/Tuscaloosa areas by 3 AM, with a track to the I-65 corridor by 7 AM. Our high temperature for tomorrow will be reached ahead of the front, in the 60s. Then we will cool into the 50s during the day tomorrow. Stay tuned for further updates.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

1:18 PM-Severe Weather Update

We’re getting set for a long night in the Weather Center! First off, it’s been another warm day and a very moist/tropical air mass in place. This juicy air will continue to fuel scattered showers and thunderstorms today. Thunderstorms are starting to develop as sunshine breaks through the clouds in many spots. As we first mentioned yesterday, some of the storms this afternoon may grow severe with gusty winds, large hail, and threat for isolated tornadoes. There is no official watch out for the time being, but that should change as the day and evening wears on. A rare high risk for severe weather is out now for portions of the Mississippi Delta westward into Arkansas.

Meanwhile, a line of rain and thunderstorms is taking shape out ahead of a cold front near Arkansas. This developing squall line will race in our direction tonight and now it’s looking like the activity will arrive after midnight, around 3:00 AM for the Tuscaloosa area. Therefore, two rounds of active weather are possible with this system. Be sure to stay with WVUA for more the latest and if needed we will break into programming to provide updates.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist