Severe Weather Update

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has canceled the tornado watch for the counties in West Alabama. There are still tornado watches for east Mississippi and any approaching storms could be quite strong as they work into West Alabama during the early morning hours. The good news is that this activity will be in a weakening trend. Tomorrow we will start to see this activity reorganize during the mid-morning hours. Overall the wet weather should be tapering off from west to east by 2:00 p.m tomorrow afternoon.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

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Severe Weather Update Friday 8:30 PM

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms continues to plague areas near Vicksburg, MS north to Greenville and areas just south of Memphis. At 8:26 p.m. Storm Spotters in Mississippi where tracking a tornado on the ground in Bolivar County, this was near the community of Cleveland. The cold front responsible for initializing this severe weather is positioned from near Monroe, LA to just east of Little Rock. This massive storm system has also prompted tornado warnings as far north as the Chicago area. There have been seven fatalities in Arkansas, due to this system, and we are going to stay on our toes as these storms march closer.

I’m expecting the line of storms to begin a slow track eastward and we will see this activity during the late night and early morning hours. We should see some slight weakening; however, some of the cells will remain on the severe side. Tomorrow you can expect the line to re-strengthen and push eastward. Stay tuned!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

New Tornado Watch!

 

 

 

 

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 253 IN
EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 COUNTIES

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

MARION                WINSTON               

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

FAYETTE               LAMAR                 PICKENS              

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALICEVILLE...CARROLLTON...FAYETTE...
HALEYVILLE...HAMILTON...SULLIGENT AND VERNON.

Friday Afternoon Update/Severe Weather Update

A tornado watch is currently in place for locations along and west of a line from Greenwood, MS to Tupelo, MS. Numerous strong to severe thunderstorms were impacting Mississippi, with several tornado warnings. This has been a terrible storm system, already claiming six lives in Arkansas. A band of rain and thunderstorms will be making a track into West Alabama overnight. The good thing is that the loss of daytime heating will help lower the amount of instability locally. With that said however, a strong or severe thunderstorm can’t be ruled out for West Alabama as this activity arrives. It’s going to remain quite windy, with temperatures staying on the mild side.

We will have to watch tomorrow’s setup with more interest. Temperatures will be warming into middle to upper 70s tomorrow and the additional heating will provide support for thunderstorm development. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a watch issued either late tonight, and again tomorrow, as these storms redevelop. The main threat for strong storms tomorrow looks to be along and east of a line from Livingston to Tuscaloosa. The storms and rain will come to an end form west to east during the afternoon.

Dry and cooler conditions will prevail for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The days will be perfect, but we could see lows as cold as 45-degrees Monday morning. Another cold front will drop in and stall late next week. This setup has the potential to lead to a couple of good rain opportunities for next Friday and Saturday. Be sure to stay with your home team for the latest and we will have more updates posted on the blog!

Wes Wyatt

WVUA-TV Chief Meteorologist