Strong to Severe Storms Tonight… More Storms Sunday… Wed Update – 5:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday evening! Our local weather turned out very nice today, with warm temperatures and a south breeze. Highs managed to reach the lower to middle 80s across most of central Alabama. Temperatures will remain mild tonight, with all of central Alabama in the 70s through midnight.

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We’re carefully watching the risk of strong to severe storms late tonight and before sunrise Thursday morning. Wind shear is impressive with this event and the latest high resolution computer model data is a little more impressive with surface based instability. That being said, I’ve bumped up the severe risk some over west and southwest Alabama for areas basically along and south of HWY 82 and to the west of HWY 5 (west of a line from Centreville to Marion to Selma.) Understand, everyone along and west of I-65 (Cullman to Birmingham to Clanton and points west) are under a risk of strong to severe storms overnight.

The risks include strong, perhaps damaging strait line winds, small hail and isolated tornadoes. Again, the higher chance of storms becoming severe will be in areas along & south of HWY 82 and to the west of HWY 5, where there is a higher combination of instability, wind shear and uplift. All areas across central Alabama will be rain-free by 7am Thursday morning. There is no reason to delay the start of school or work tomorrow morning…

A broken line of strong to severe storms will reach the west Alabama state line around midnight tonight, then push east of I-65 by 5am. Storms will continue to weaken as they move to the east of I-65 and severe weather is unlikely across east Alabama. Showers and storms will exit far east Alabama and move into Georgia by 7 or 8am.

Our weather will turn much more like summer on Friday and Saturday, with highs in the upper 80s to near 90. A stray afternoon shower or storm will become possible, but most areas will remain dry.

A deep upper air trough will dig across the central US on on Saturday, developing a deep surface low to our northwest Saturday night into Sunday. A cold front will approach west Alabama by Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. A line of strong to severe storms are likely ahead of the front and will impact Alabama Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. As it stands right now, all modes of severe weather will be possible.

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

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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