Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today with the topic of tornadoes. We know that the frequency of severe weather tends to increase during the spring, hence the Spring Tornado Season. However, tornadoes and severe weather can occur during the entire year. Last week was a prime example of how severe weather with the threat of tornadoes can occur at various times of the year. Remember that when a tornado warning is issued, you may only have seconds to react. That is why it is important to have a well understood plan for taking cover during any hour of the day. Go to the lowest level of your home, preferably a basement. Storm shelters are a plus and if you don’t have a low spot/storm shelter, find an interior room: closet, bathroom, or hallway. Avoid cars and mobile homes.

According to the Storm Prediction Center a slight risk for severe weather will be in place across the Tennessee valley on Friday. We’re already feeling the warm-up outdoors and tomorrow we will have highs reaching the low 70s. Don’t put away the jackets just yet as it’s going to be on the chilly side tonight and there may be some dense fog in areas tonight. A sprinkle or two can’t be rule out during the day tomorrow and tomorrow night, with some cloudy periods.

All eyes are on a cold front scheduled to reach north Alabama on Friday. A low pressure wave will materialize along the front and enhance the coverage of rain over Alabama. We will have a good chance for rain late Friday and there may be a thunderstorm. Once again some storms north of town could be on the strong side. The rain will increase in coverage by early Saturday and by late morning the heaviest rain should be transitioning into the southern half of our area. An upper air trough will head eastward and help to kick this storm system out of Alabama by Sunday and we will have colder and windy conditions. By Monday morning our lows will be near 30 degrees making for a cold start to the first full week of March. A slow warm-up with some clouds will highlight the forecast through the middle of next week. Have a great evening!

Wes WyattWVUA Chief Meteorologist