Radar Update… 11:40p.m. @WVUA23 #alwx

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Light showers continue for parts of central Alabama; however, that’ll change as a strong band of storms continue to enter into northwest Alabama. Currently there are multiple tornado warnings in Lauderdale County, for far northwestern Alabama. Along with those warnings, a tornado watch spans from southern Tennessee, near Huntsville, through Madison, Lawrence, and Franklin counties, then on into Mississippi running southwest. Right now that watch is planned to expire at 3 a.m. These storms will keep tracking through the state throughout Sunday. The greatest risk for severe weather will be for west and northwest Alabama when the line of storms will be their strongest. As they advance, they will be weakening so east Alabama, past the I-65 line, should be out of the highest threat for severe weather. As of now the opportunity for a very quick spin up tornado can not be ruled out for west and northwest Alabama thanks to very strong winds creating shear vorticity. Current timing brings the storms into Tuscaloosa roughly around 2-4 a.m., 3-5 a.m. for Birmingham areas, and 6 a.m. or later for areas east of Jefferson County.  Once the system moves into east Alabama, the weakening storms will only have the power to produce some stronger winds. Quickly following the storms is a massive pocket of cold air that is causing some winter weather advisories for north Alabama because the air will likely cool the rain enough to cause some freezing rain for the far northern portions of the state. Current trends are hinting that this colder air might be catching up with the line of storms back in west Mississippi. If this should be the case, the opportunity for severe weather for us will dramatically decrease…but we will have to wait and see if that ends up being the case. Should we have any tornado warnings tonight, you can get coverage both on our channel and at wvua23.com, under the weather tab that says “Severe WX Live Stream.”

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