Strong Storms Wednesday PM… A Little Cooler Thursday… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23
February 28, 2017 Leave a comment
Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out very mild this afternoon, with areas south of Tuscaloosa reaching 80 degrees! Thicker clouds and some rain across north Alabama earlier today has kept temperatures a tad cooler along the HWY 278 corridor. Most areas there are in the low 70s. Temperatures will remain mild this evening, with overnight lows in the middle to upper 60s. A few isolated showers are possible tonight and into Wednesday morning.
Wednesday will feature a very mild day, with a high in the upper 70s. Lots of questions are on the severe weather risk for Wednesday. Here’s the latest…
A very thin, broken line of showers and storms will enter northwest Alabama up around Florence and the Shoals during the midday hour. The line will race east and southeast across west and central Alabama, moving out of Alabama and into Georgia by 7pm Wednesday evening.
Here’s the time-line: Storms will begin aroun noon in far northwest Alabama (around the Florence/Shoals area), then advance east to impact the I-59 coridoor (Livingston to Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden) sometime between 3pm and 5pm. Storms will exit our east and east central Alabama countiues (areas around Anniston, Lineville, Auburn & Montgomery) by 7pm. The storms will only last maybe 15 to 30 minutes in one spot, then it’s over for you!
Storms along the line could produce strong gusty winds up to 60mph in spots. Storms could also produce isolated areas of hail up to quarter size. The tornado risk is really, really low, but I can’t rule out a spin-up somewhere along the line. Again, it will be very fast moving, with the main risk from strong gusty winds.
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The rest of the forecast will include a return of somewhat cooler air on Thursday and Friday. Highs will drop into the low 60s, with lows in the middle 30s Thursday night and Friday night. There could be a touch of light frost in some areas. Look for lots of sunshine through the weekend. Warmer air will return on Sunday and Monday. We’ll reach the upper 60s on Sunday, with low 70s possible on Monday.
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist