Severe Storms Tonight… Tuesday AM Update – 8am #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday morning! The rain and storms lastnight dumped a good 1 to 3 inches of rain, which has significantly helped the drought situation. We’ll have several opportunities of rain over the next 7 days, which will continue to help relieve the drought. Today will feature mostly dry conditions with a very warm afternoon. Temperatures will approach 80 over west Alabama, with dewpoint nearing 70 this evening. The airmass will have that “severe feel” this evening and tonight.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of west and central Alabama in a risk of severe storms for tonight. Given the abundant uplift, wind shear and instability, tonight’s risk will be much higher than the limited risk we experienced lastnight. There’s a slight risk in yellow that includes areas such as Cullman, Tuscaloosa, Demopolis, Linden, Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, Gadsden and Anniston. Over northwest Alabama, areas west of Reform, Jasper and Cullman are in an enhanced risk. In that zone across northwest Alabama, the tornado risk is the highest; in-fact, there could even be a strong tornado or two (EF 2 or higher). Keep in mind, anyone in the slight risk is in a tornado threat for tonight, but the higher probability of a tornado will be over northwest Alabama and into Mississippi. There is also the risk of damaging straight line winds and hail across all of west and central Alabama overnight.

Storms will begin in Mississippi and track into west Alabama sometime after 5pm this evening, initially as supercell thunderstorms. Those have the highest chance of producing a tornado. The storms will gradually merge into a squall line and progress eastward overnight tonight, impacting all of west and central Alabama at some point during the overnight hours. Given the slow east progression of the storms, the best window of severe weather will be west of I-65 between 5pm tonight and 5am Wednesday morning, and areas east of I-65 between 11pm and 8am.

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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