Isolated Severe Storms Through 7PM Today… Wednesday Update 11:30am #alwx @wvua23

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At 11:30am, all is quiet across Alabama, but we’re watching storms develop to our west and northwest. The Storm Prediction Center will be posting a tornado watch at any minute for much of north and portions of central Alabama. It looks like basically the I-20 corridor and points north. There could be an isolated spin-up tornado in this zone from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston and points north. The main risk will be from isolated wind damage and isolated quarter size hail.

While there is plenty of instability for severe storms in Alabama, wind shear will be gradually weakening over the next few hours, so any risk of isolated tornadoes will diminish by late afternoon, especially as the cold front pushes southeast across the area. The best uplift is pulling away from Alabama, so storms will moving through in a broken, rather disorganized line. Any cells that form ahead of the line or within the line could become strong to isolated severe. I can’t rule out a spin-up tornado or two this afternoon, so be alert.

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.

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

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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