Isolated Severe Storms Possible Thursday in West, Central Alabama
Don’t let the nice weather and pretty skies fool you, we are still in the middle of severe weather season.
Today Along and South of I-10
Those that have family & friends or traveling to south Alabama, stay weather aware because there is a “marginal risk” for “severe storms along and south of I-10 this afternoon and early tonight. A few storms there could produce gusty winds. A brief waterspout or tornado can't be ruled out,” said James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist.
Thursday Severe Weather Threat
We are monitoring an area of lower pressure that will develop and move from the Gulf of Mexico into southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi Thursday morning.
As this system travels, “widespread showers and storms will develop on the east side of the system across Central Alabama. We could have just enough instability and wind shear to produce a few isolated severe storms during the day on Thursday,” said the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
Risk Levels & Areas
Spann said that “SPC has placed the southern 3/4 of the state in a low end "marginal risk" (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms.”
“Buoyancy will be modest, and wind dynamics not especially strong, but a few strong storms are possible during the peak of the daytime hearing process with potential for small hail and gusty winds. A brief, isolated tornado can't be totally ruled out but isn't likely. This won't be an "all day" rain, and highs will be in the 68-76 degree range with a mostly cloudy sky,” said Spann.
As of right now, the current outlook for the timing of this possible severe weather is Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.