April 3, 2017 Leave a comment
Good Monday evening! We are carefully watching the risk of severe storms on Wednesday, as there is a setup that resembles a classic early April severe weather risk for portions of the deep south. There are still some questions and there could be some limiting factors that help to reduce the risk.
First, a batch of storms will develop and move into central Alabama during the early to mid morning hours on Wednesday. These storms could produce damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado or two across any portion of central Alabama.
Depending on what happens with the early morning storms will greatly determine what happens during the midday to mid afternoon. If the morning storms become widspread and prevent the best instability from reaching our area, the risk would be a little more limited. However, model guidance suggest very high levels of instability will move into the area as the early morning storms move out. The high instability will be building into an area of strong uplift and strong wind shear, which is not a good thing in early April…
There will then be a race between the arrival of the cold front and the initiation of midday to mid afternoon severe storms. Data suggest, the highest risk of severe storms will occur along and to the east of I-65, where storms that develop could easily produce damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes. In west Alabama, there could still be a risk of severe weather, it just depends on how early storms initiate and become severe. A slower arrival of the cold front would put all of west and central Alabama in a severe weather risk, so please be alert incase severe weather moves into your area. Severe storms would be possible as early as 4am Wednesday and ending by no later than 7pm Wednesday. All severe weather issues should be east of Alabama and into Georgia by 7pm.
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