1:15pm Tuesday Severe Weather Update #alwx @wvua23

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At 1:15pm, all is quiet across west and central Alabama. We’re in the process of an airmass destabilization. If you walk outside, you will likely notice how warm and humid it feels compared to the cool morning. I expect things to remain quiet in Alabama for the next few hours, as the best uplift, wind shear and instability hasn’t made it to our local area yet; in-fact, severe weather is unlikely for our Alabama counties through 5pm.

After 5pm, storms should be in the process of becoming severe over central Mississippi. The storms will initially start as supercells, and those could impact areas this evening to the northwest of I-59, or northwest of the cities of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden. between 6pm and midnight. I think the prime target area for supercells this evening will occur in areas near Hamilton, Haleyville, Vernon and Fayette and points west and north, however, anyone along and northwest of I-59 needs to be alert during that time period. That will be where there is a higher chance of getting damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes this evening and tonight.

The individual storms will merge into a squall line across northwest Alabama and east Mississippi, then slowly drift eastward overnight tonight. The main concern by that point would be damaging winds, small hail and isolated tornadoes. That process should kick off sometime after 9pm tonight over far northwest Alabama (near Hamilton, Vernon, Fayette, Haleyville), then move eastward to impact the I-59 areas closer to midnight tonight. After midnight, areas southeast of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden will be in a risk of damaging winds, small hail and isolated tornadoes. The key message… the severe risk will start over northwest Alabama this evening and very slowly slide eastward into the late night hours. Extreme east Alabama will be still dealing with the storms close to sunrise Wednesday morning.

It is very important to have a source such as a NOAA weather radio to wake you up if your area is issued under a tornado warning. You can then turn on the TV or pull up our coverage on your smart phone or computer. Info on that below…

Keep in mind, we go live non-stop on TV on WVUA (Channel 23 on Satellite, check your listing for WVUA/WUOA on your local cable service channel) during tornado warnings. You can go to wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click on Live severe weather stream to watch from your computer or smart phone.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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