Special Evening Update 9:40 PM

Be sure to join our news coming up at ten! I will be showing more video of the tornado that touched down in Oklahoma today. Also, we will be discussing the possibility of severe weather in our area tomorrow. Here are a few late breaking details: A very impressive squall line has developed over Texas and over the next few hours this line will push into the eastern part of that state. Tornado watches were just issued to cover east Texas, western Arkansas, and southern Missouri. The watch for Arkansas and Texas will be in place until 5:00 AM. During that particular time the line should be entering the Mississippi River Valley. The line may go through a weakening phase during the early morning hours as it enters Mississippi. With that said, some storms could still produce damaging winds and the threat for an isolated tornado. The line will push into our area during the mid to late morning hours and during that time the line may go through a re-strengthening phase. We will keep you updated on the lines progress and we will have a complete update tonight at ten!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Tuesday Afternoon Update 3:40 PM…Severe Storms Possible Tomorrow

Good Afternoon! While it has been a rather mild and breezy day here in West Alabama, the weather has been very unsettled over the Nations midsection. At the time of this posting, a tornado was on the ground in Edmond, Oklahoma. Local media in the area were tracking the tornado live and I’m going to try to bring you some of the scenes in our live weather broadcast tonight.

Tonight is going to be quite windy across our area and temperatures will remain on the mild side. The energetic storm system over the Plains will eject northeastward tonight. This system will pull a cold front through our area tomorrow. There could be some strong or severe thunderstorms around here tomorrow, mainly during the late morning and early afternoon. We’re expecting a line of rain and heavy thunderstorms to possibly develop and drift into the area. The latest data is hinting at a greater chance for damaging storms north and east of our area. With that said, we will still plan on monitoring the radar closely tomorrow morning. If anything looks suspicious we won’t hesitate to break into programming and alert you. The good thing is that the storm threat will end by tomorrow night and winds will become westerly. The low pressure area passing to our north will be strengthening and therefore, the pressure gradient over the region will set the stage for high winds. I do expect the windy conditions to continue into our Thursday, with sunshine returning.

We are in an active weather pattern and another low pressure area will track into the region on Friday. This will pull another front into the state late Friday. I’m not expecting severe weather with this setup; however, we will have a good chance for showers late Friday and into the day on Saturday. The front associated with this system will stall to our south and this will provide some additional cloud cover for late Saturday and Sunday. The front will eventually build northward as a warm front by Tuesday and we will have rising temperatures with another good chance of rain for early next week.

I want to take this time to thank the men and women from the Tuscaloosa Amateur Radio Club. I was their guest speaker last night and it was great being able to share some information about WVUA-TV and weather. This group volunteers their time to spot severe weather in our community. This is the number one way in which we can track tornadoes and determine whether they are on the ground or aloft. If you would like to learn more about TARC you can visit their website by clicking here.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist