Strong to Severe Storms Possible Late Tonight/Early Friday… Thursday Update – 10:20pm #alwx

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Good Thursday evening! At 10:20pm, we’re watching a line of severe storms move into far western Mississippi. These storms are tracking east at 45mph, which means the storms will reach far northwest Alabama shortly after midnight tonight, then spread southeast through the state during the pre-dawn and early daylight hours on Friday morning. The risk of severe weather is low with this system, since the best wind shear and energy will be passing north of Alabama. With some instability, lift and weak wind shear, it’s one of those nights where we will be watching radar incase any storms get out of hand. If a random tornado warning is issued, I’ll be on TV to let you know the latest information…

Storms will reach the northwest corner of Alabama around 1am, then reach the Jasper, Tuscaloosa, Livingston areas sometime between 4am and 6am, then Gadsden, Anniston and Clanton area shortly after 5am or 6am. These times could change by a couple of hours depending on the speed of the line.

What to expect: A few storms could become severe for areas generally along and north of I-20 during the pre-dawn hours Friday morning. Damaging winds are the main concern, but any damaging wind gusts should be fairly isolated, as the storms will be weakening as they move into the area. At this point, the risk of any tornadoes look unlikely, but I can’t rule out a spin-up tornado northwest of Tuscaloosa between 1am and 6am. After 6am, the severe weather risk should end as storms continue to weaken. A few strong storms are still possible in east Alabama through the mid morning hours.

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Strong Storms Tonight/Early Friday… Much Cooler Weekend! – Thursday Forecast Update – 4:45pm #alwx

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our weather has turned out hot and unsettled this afternoon, with a few spotty storms happening over the western side of the state. Scattered storms will remain possible into the evening hours, but not everyone will get rain between now and midnight. The higher rain chances area-wide will come in late tonight, as a strong cold front approaches the state. A line of showers and storms will enter northwest Alabama sometime after 2am and track eastward through Alabama during the early morning hours. Storms along and north of I-20 may approach severe levels, with damaging winds, but the severe risk is fairly low for our state. Mainly, storms will produce thunder and wind as they move through.

Expect some storms at times on Friday, but the rain will come to an end from west to east during the afternoon hours. Temperatures will fall quickly this evening, as cool and dry air take over the state. A breezy northwest wind will develop as the front passes through the state during the afternoon hours on Friday.

High school football Friday night should be dry for all of west and central Alabama, as the cold front moves east. It’s still a close call getting all of the rain out of here, but the news is looking better in terms of getting the games in ok. Temperatures will drop quickly after sunset, with most areas in the 50s by the end of the local games!

Temperatures on Saturday will struggle to reach 70 for areas along I-20, but 60s are likely for highs north of I-20. Expect lows to reach the upper 40s for most areas starting off Saturday morning. Saturday will also start off rather breezy, until an area of high pressure moves over the area Saturday evening. Temperatures Saturday night will make a run for the low to middle 40s across west and central Alabama, which will make for jacket weather. Expect highs to warm into the upper 70s Sunday afternoon, with a full dose of sunshine.

A batch of showers is possible on Monday and Tuesday, as a weak disturbance tracks across the state. It will not rain all day, but expect more clouds than sun both days.

Alabama takes on Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday afternoon, with a 2:30pm kickoff. Temperatures will start off at kickoff near 70, then drop into the middle 60s at the end of the game. Expect sunny skies for that game. Auburn plays LSU in Auburn on Saturday, with a 6pm kickoff. Expect temperatures to start off in the lower 60s at kickoff, then fall into the upper 50s at the end of the game, under a clear sky.

The tropics are quiet…

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Low End Severe Risk Late Tonight/Early Friday… Thursday Update – 8:40am #alwx

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Good Thursday morning! We’re not far from the Fall severe weather season, so it’s not unusual to start getting threats in our area. The storm system coming through early on Friday will bring the risk of showers and storms to our state. A few scattered storms are possible on this Thursday afternoon and evening, but any risk of severe weather will hold off until late tonight and early Friday.

A line of storms will blast through Alabama well after midnight tonight, with the risk of isolated wind damage. I don’t expect a big severe weather risk, but I just wanted you to be aware that a few storms could reach severe levels along the squall line. The Storm Prediction Center has included areas along and north of I-20/59 under a slight risk of severe weather. At this time, I don’t expect a tornado risk with this system, but an isolated spin-up isn’t impossible for areas northwest of Tuscaloosa. We’ll keep an eye on radar and will go on TV if needed. The severe weather parameters are not that impressive with this system, which will prevent a widespread event…

The line will reach northwest Alabama around 2am or 3am, and then track eastward through the early morning hours on Friday. Another batch of scattered showers and storms is possible during the early afternoon hours on Friday, but I don’t expect severe weather with that round.

Remember: If you go under a tornado warning, get out of a mobile home or car! Find a site build structure and get in the lowest floor and in the middle of the home. A small room such as a closet is best. If you know someone with a basement or storm shelter, hang out with them this afternoon, evening and tonight.

If your area goes under a tornado warning, I’ll be on TV to let you know the latest. Make sure you have a source to wake you up incase a tornado warning is issued. A NOAA Weather Radio is a great tool to wake you up and alert you if a tornado approaches. You can then turn on the TV to WVUA, and we’ll be on there for the exact track and latest information.

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.comor WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

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