Severe Tstorm Warning – Lamar, Pickens until 8:45 p.m.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
757 PM CDT FRI JUL 27 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
  SOUTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  NORTHERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 754 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL…AND
  DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
  VERNON…AND MOVING SOUTH AT 10 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
  MILLPORT…KENNEDY…HIGHTOGY…STAR…CODY…MELBORNE…SHAW AND
  FOREST.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE DESTRUCTIVE HAIL CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.

&&

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Friday Evening Forecast Discussion – 4:15 p.m.

Happy Weekend to you!! For the last couple of days we’ve talked about this weak/weakening front that is expected to make its way into the state over the next 24 hours.  While this is still true…this is not a front like we are used to.  There will not be a big wind shift to the northwest or north as we are accustomed to, but what it will be is a focusing mechanism for additional thunderstorm development on Saturday.  The main area of focus will be over the southern half of the area, south of Interstate 20.  Environmental conditions should be fairly similar to today for this area, so there is a limited chance of hazardous weather for Saturday.

Beginning Sunday, Alabama is going to be put into a northwest flow aloft as we will be sitting on the southwestern periphery of a larger scale trough that is set to settle over the eastern third of the United States.  This is going to open us up to a very tricky forecast for the first half of next week.  As is normally the case with this type of pattern upstream MCS development will be possible, all of which will have the potential to make it into our area.  Because of this we will hold onto this low-end chance of rain through the week.

While we are going to be hot and humid through the weekend, the northwest flow will not only give us the chance to see an rain shower or two, it will also allow for temperatures to moderate.  Low to middle 90s through the middle of the week will likely be the story, with temperature beginning to rebound back into the middle and upper 90s by the end of the week as the upper ridge to our west slowly starts to slide to the east.

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Daniel Sparkman
dsparkman@wvuatv.com
WVUA Weather

Lots of Storms Expected Today, Some Strong to Severe… Dry Weekend… Friday Midday Update 12pm

Good Friday Midday to you! Much of the morning has been rain-free, but big changes are happening as things heat up a bit. Lots of tiny storms have developed across all of Alabama, with the higher coverage of storms along and south of HWY 80 at this point. Expect the coverage of showers and storms to increase over the next couple of hours, with many spots getting a good downpour this afternoon and evening. It will not rain all day, as this activity will remain scattered. The cells today are moving east southeast at 20mph. I expect a good chance of showers and storms across all of central and west Alabama today.

The risk of severe weather is low today, but a few storms may reach strong to severe levels. Hail and damaging winds will be the main threat today, but severe weather issues will be very isolated. We need the rain, and many spots will get a soaking. Keep the rain gear handy through this evening, as a cold front moves in from the northwest. The front will bring the chance of rain through midnight tonight, then dry air will take over on Saturday and Sunday. Your weekend forecast is looking good, but it’s looking rather hot. Skies will become sunny on Saturday and Sunday.

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.com or WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm and weekends at 10pm for the very latest on your news, weather and sports. I’m off today, so Daniel Sparkman will have your forecast on air tonight.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com