RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers continue to move across Alabama this afternoon…otherwise we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures mostly in the 70s, nearly 20 degrees above average for early January. Showers are still possible tonight with mostly cloudy skies.
LOWER STORM THREAT TOMORROW: A dynamic weather system will bring the chance of severe to severe thunderstorms to Alabama tomorrow afternoon and evening. SPC maintains an “enhanced risk” (level 3/5) for much of central and southwest Alabama, for areas south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Opelika. A “visual hazard” (level 2/5) covers the rest of the state.
While rain is possible during the morning, the window for severe to severe thunderstorms will open around 11 a.m. tomorrow over the western third of the state, with the risk of moving east during the afternoon and evening hours. Storms that form will be capable of strong winds, hail and a few tornadoes. A strong tornado (EF-2 or higher) is possible in the enhanced risk area.
Rainfall amounts of around an inch are likely, with isolated heavier amounts possible. The severe weather threat will dissipate tomorrow night as the main dynamic support lifts well north of Alabama, but rain will remain possible through Wednesday morning.
PREPARATION: Be sure to listen for severe weather warnings if they are needed. A NOAA weather radio is the baseline, and make sure Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are enabled on your phone. Install the free ABC 33/40 weather app.
Review your severe weather plan; know the safe place in your house, which is a small room on the lowest floor. Near the center of the house, away from windows. And, if you live in a mobile home, make sure you know the location of the nearest shelter or site-built structure that’s available and the fastest way to get there.
Not to worry, these setups are common in Alabama during our tornado season, which runs from November to May.
REST OF THE WEEK: Rain will end Wednesday morning, and Thursday and Friday will be drier and cooler with seasonal temperatures (highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s).
THE WEEKEND: Saturday morning, but clouds will increase throughout the day with a high near 60 degrees. A fast moving disturbance will bring a chance of showers to the state late Saturday into Sunday morning. There is no risk of severe storms and rain amounts should generally be less than 1/2 inch. It is not an “all day wash”.
NEXT WEEK: Rain is possible on Tuesday, otherwise much of the week looks dry with highs mostly in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Right on average for January in Alabama. Check out the daily weather video for maps, charts and more details.
ON THIS DATE 1955: Hurricane Alice passed through the islands of St. Martin and Saba in the Caribbean Sea this day. Alice, which developed on December 30, 1954, is the only known Atlantic hurricane to span two calendar years.
ON THIS DATE 2017: 36 confirmed tornadoes hit the Deep South from Louisiana to Georgia. There were also numerous reports of wind damage, and in Alabama, four people were killed by straight-line winds when a tree crashed into a mobile home near Rehobeth.
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Look for the next weather video here at 6:00am tomorrow…
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