2:30am Radar Check and Severe Weather Thoughts… Wednesday Update

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Here’s the latest time-line and 2:30am radar look. The squall line stretches from northeast Mississippi and southwest into the Jackson, MS area. There are numerous wind damage reports with this line, so it will likely cause some big wind damage issues as it moves into west Alabama this morning. Notice lots of little showers over Alabama at this early morning hour. With the atmosphere very warm and moist, these showers will continue to develop and move northeast.

Some model data is showing a couple of supercell thunderstorms developing over east and central Mississippi over the next couple of hours, then spreading northeast into west Alabama. If these cells develop ahead of the main line, they stand the best chance of producing a tornado. There’s a chance of a couple spin-up tornadoes within the main line itself, but the highest threat is wind damage from that.

It sure looks like west Alabama will start to go under the gun for severe weather between 3am and 8am this morning. After 8am, the severe weather risk should be generally east of Jasper, Tuscaloosa and Demopolis. The threat will shift into the I-65 area between 8am and 11am this morning. After 11am, the severe storms should be in extreme east Alabama. While there will be some rain behind the line of severe storms, the main threat will be on the leading edge of the squall line, and within any cells that develop ahead of the line. Damaging winds of 60 to 80mph are very possible along the line. To be honest, I would treat a severe thunderstorm warning like a tornado warning this morning. Since winds could reach 80mph in a gust or two, that will bring down lots of trees and powerlines. Some trees could fall on homes. If a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued for you, it won’t last that long. The severe part of the storm should be east of you within 1 hour.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

 

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