Strong to Isolated Severe Storms Noon – 5pm Today… 8am Tuesday Update #alwx @wvua23
March 7, 2017 Leave a comment
Good Tuesday morning! At 8am, a batch of light to moderate showers are moving east across west and central Alabama early this morning. This is associated with the northward moving warm front. The early morning batch of rain will move to the east and out of our area later this morning before a line of intense storms arrives by midday in northwest Alabama and early to mid afternoon for central Alabama.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed a slight risk of severe weather for extreme west Alabama. Basically areas from Florence to Jasper to Tuscaloosa to Demopolis and points west. If you live west of that line, you’re in the “slight risk” category. This is a low end risk of an isolated storm or two becoming severe, as the main risks will be gusty winds, heavy rain and intense lightning along the line. Widespread severe weather is not expected, and the risk of a tornado developing is very, very low. Unlike last week’s event, temperatures aloft area a bit warmer, and lapse rates are not as steep, so large hail is not expected. If a storm becomes severe along the line, the primary issue will be from an isolated area of damaging winds. Everyone will deal with the line of strong storms, but only a few spots along the line will have issues with winds over 50mph.
Storms will impact the Hamilton area around noon. The I-59 corridor (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden) will be impacted around 2pm to 4pm. The HWY 80 corridor (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery) will be impacted between 3pm and 6pm. Expect heavy rain and intense lightning along the leading edge of the line for 30 minutes or so, then a period of light to moderate rain for an additional hour or two.
By 6pm, any risk of strong to severe storms will be well south of central Alabama.
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