Alabama Faces Severe Weather Today, Possible Snow Flurries Friday
Stay weather aware today as we have the potential for severe weather in our area. Some strong to severe storms will track across the state from the northwest portion of Alabama. Also, we encourage you to be prepared as well. The possible severe weather threats could happen quickly due to the quick pace of this system.
This active weather system could have thunderstorms that will “move along a line moving northwest to southeast today. Damaging winds continue to be the main threat, but the tornado threat is increasing. Storms will be moving quickly, around 60 mph,” said the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
Storm Prediction Center Risk Level
A difference from yesterday is that now Alabama is primarily under three risk levels. This is where I stress having a clear understanding of what county you live in and where it is located on the state map. Also, I encourage you to know what quadrant of the county you live in.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that the “SPC has defined an "enhanced risk" (level 3/5) of severe thunderstorms for parts of Central and East Alabama, including places like Birmingham, Gadsden, Anniston, Montgomery, Clanton, Alexander City, Opelika, and Troy. A "slight risk" (level 2/5) covers much of the rest of the state.”
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The current timing for the entire state of Alabama is between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. A portion of our coverage area is in the 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. window while other counties are in the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As of right now, the main concern is the possibility of strong damaging straight-line winds. There could be hail that comes from heavier thunderstorms. There is the outlook for a few brief tornadoes. Here is the main reason we want you to stay weather aware is there a chance that if tornadoes occur they could spin up quickly.
You will see a noticeable change in temperature values for Friday and the weekend. Spann said that “much colder air will roll into the state tonight, and as an upper trough passes overhead we could see a few snow flurries tomorrow over the northern half of the state. If we do see any snowflakes, there won't be any impact or accumulation.”
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