Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

The week ended on a very nice note for us and there was a chill in the air today. Tonight we will cool into the middle 30s, but a light south breeze should keep us above freezing. Look for a nice warm-up into the 60s tomorrow, with a mostly sunny sky expected. A blast of frigid air will be dropping into the Midwest this weekend. The core of this air will pass to our north; however, we will experience a slight drop in temperatures. Look for lows near freezing Saturday night, with highs only in the 50s on Sunday. The good news is that more sunshine can be expected for Sunday.

The sky will grow partly cloudy on Monday, with highs warming into the 60s. This will be in advance of another potent storm system. Look for more clouds on Tuesday along with the chance for rain and thunderstorms Tuesday night. Right now some strong thunderstorms can’t be ruled out, but the setup at this point doesn’t look as dangerous as what came together earlier this week. We will continue to monitor things closely, just in case some surprise ingredients come into the mix. The timing for this event will be much like last week, with the rain likely during the early morning hours on Wednesday and then we will have afternoon clearing. I will have more details for you tonight at five, six, and ten!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA

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EF4 Tornadoes Confirmed In North Alabama

I wanted to share some information about the strong tornadoes that impacted north Alabama. Two EF-4 classified tornadoes struck north Alabama early Wednesday morning. The first twister touched down in South Central Lawrence County and tracked northeast into far extreme Northern Morgan County. This tornado touched down around 3:00am. The tornado was on the ground for around twenty minutes and the track was 16.7 miles long. The peak winds estimated with an EF4 are around 170mph. Three fatalities occurred just north of Aldridge Grove, which is in Southeastern Lawrence County.

The second EF-4 touched down just over an hour later in Jackson County. The tornado touched down at around 5:17am and was on the ground for about seventeen minutes. The track was 10.9 miles long and the peak winds were estimated at 180mph, making this a strong EF-4. One fatality occurred between between the Rosalie and Pisgah communities in eastern Jackson County. One interesting observation from the survey crew, in Jackson County, was that several large bales of hay weighing approximately 2,500 lbs were blown apart or tossed around.

This data and report is based off of information compiled by the National Weather Service Office in Huntsville. (Source: NWS Huntsvile)

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Steven Ray
WVUA Weather