Storms on Thursday… Dry Weekend Ahead… Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Update

7 Day Forecast - Offset Lows - PM.pngGood Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather turned out very mild across our area this afternoon, with temperatures reaching into the lower 80s. Conditions remain rain-free, and I don’t expect any problems for the Trick-Or-Treaters this evening. Temperatures will remain mild, with 70s overnight. A breezy south wind will develop and increase across the area.

Lots of questions about Thursday’s storms…


A line of strong to possibly a couple becoming severe will reach the west Alabama state line close to 5am Thursday morning. The line will be slowly weakening as it progresses east across our area Thursday morning. The strong leading edge of the storms will likely be approaching I-65 by 9 or 10am, then reaching the Georgia state line around midday. Rain will continue for a few hours after the intense part of the line passes your area, but any severe issues in one spot will be very short lived, less than 30 minutes.

The main risk of storms becoming severe along the line will be to the south of Demopolis/Selma/Montgomery, but there is a low end risk as far north as the Tennessee state line. In terms of what type of severe weather… I expect the main risk to be in the form of strong gusty winds with the leading edge of the line. The tornado risk is very low, but I can’t rule out an isolated spin-up, mainly in areas south of HWY 80. Technically, all of our area is in risk for an isolated tornado, but the chance of anything spinning up north of Demopolis/Selma/Montgomery is low due to very limited surface based instability. If that thought changes, I’ll reflect that in future updates.

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If we have a tornado warning in our coverage area, we will go on air and online non-stop. If a tornado watch is issued, expect top and bottom of the hour cutins on TV and online.

Drier and cooler air will take over on Friday and Friday night. Some spots north of I-20 could stay in the 50s all day Friday. We’ll drop into the 40s Friday night.

Our next system to bring rain will arrive on Monday and Tuesday of next week. At this time, severe weather appears unlikely.

Richard Scott
Chief Meteorologist
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