Severe Weather Thursday Morning… Sunday Thoughts… – 8pm


Good Sunday evening! There’s lots of talk about the risk of severe weather next week, so here’s the latest. Above is a model run of the GFS, valid for 7am Thursday morning. This model, along with the NAM and Canadian models are showing a QLCS – squall line moving through Alabama sometime between 3am and noon on Thursday. If this model is correct, all of west and central Alabama would deal with an intense line of storms. These storms would bring the risk of widespread wind damage, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes. Let me warn you now… We’re still several days out, so forecasting changes are possible. It’s important to keep an eye on this system and stay updated on the forecast.

Here’s how it looks now:

When… Line of storms will reach west Alabama between 3am and 7am Thursday and move into east Alabama after 7am and into Georgia after lunch. Again, changes are possible in our time-frame.

What… Widespread wind damage is possible along the squall line, with winds of 50 – 70mph. Remember, winds of 70mph can do lots of damage. As this event starts in our area, it would be a good idea to take severe thunderstorm warnings serious. Go indoors and stay away from windows. Do not drive during a severe storm! Isolated tornadoes are also possible. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, go to the lowest floor and center of your home, away from windows. Avoid mobile homes and cars during a tornado warning!

This event needs watching for sure, due to the wind damage and isolated tornado risk. Keep it here for updates as we get a bit closer.

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