Few Strong to Isolated Severe Storms This Afternoon. Thoughts… 8am Wed #alwx @wvua23
March 1, 2017 Leave a comment
Good Wednesday morning! Here’s an update on the risk of a few strong to isolated severe storms this afternoon. Everything continues on track for what I’ve been saying all week. A thin and disorganized line of showers and storms will move into far northwest Alabama later this morning, then shift southeast quickly through the early to mid afternoon hours. This will be a very fast hitting event; in-fact, it may rain 15 to 30 minutes at your house and be over with.
Some of the more intense storms on the line will be capable of producing strong gusty winds, maybe up to 60 mph in isolated spots. I’m sure there will be a few severe thunderstorm warnings along the line. A stronger storm may produce hail up to quarter size. The tornado risk this afternoon is very low, as the best wind shear for rotating storms pulls well northeast of Alabama. Keep in mind, the surface low is moving into southern Canada, not a favorable position for a big tornado risk here. We’ll ofcourse watch radar trends incase any storm gets a little out of hand.
The thin, broken line will impact areas near Hamilton, Vernon, Fayette, Jasper, Cullman and Reform between noon and 4pm. Areas along I-59 such as Livingston, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden will deal with the storms between 2pm and 6pm. Storms will exit our south and east Alabama counties by 7pm, impacting areas around Auburn and Montgomery to the south of our coverage area. According to some data, the storms may push through even faster than that, but we’ll see. I don’t want to narrow the exit time too much and someone get caught off guard.
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