Watching Storms Tonight & Saturday Night… Friday Eve Update – 9:30pm #alwx @wvua23
January 20, 2017 Leave a comment
At 9:30pm, we’re carefully watching storms develop over Louisiana this evening. The air is currently stable over all of central and west Alabama, but unstable air is expected to progress northward overnight, but how far north is in question.
A cluster of storms will reach the west Alabama state line around 3am, then progress eastward through the very early morning hours Saturday. Storms will produce locally heavy rain, but the best chance of storms becoming strong to severe will be south of I-20. There is a limited risk of a storm becoming strong to severe for areas along and north of I-20, but the best chance of a severe storm developing will be south of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Talladega. If unstable air doesn’t make it far enough northward tonight, the severe weather risk could be limited to areas south of HWY 80 (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery). Either way, I would be alert in the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning incase a severe storm moves into your area. The risk will begin in west Alabama around 3am and end for areas west of I-65 by 8am. Areas east of I-65 will be in the risk between 5am and noon.
Storms over south and portions of central Alabama may produce damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. Again, the main risk of that will be south of I-20…
Another batch of rain and storms will develop and move across central Alabama Saturday night into pre-dawn hours Sunday morning. The risk is more limited for that round of storms, but a few storms may produce large hail, damaging winds and maybe an isolated tornado. The severe risk will have ended by 6am Sunday morning, as stable air moves into the area..
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist