A dark and rainy day has already met us around Tuscaloosa and West Alabama this Sunday morning.  But, is there a threat for severe weather, including tornadoes?

The update this morning (11/23) from the National Weather Service office in Birmingham continues to believe the severe weather threat will stay south of us. As seen in the map below, the severe weather threat remains to the south and east of Tuscaloosa county. However, the risk zone does include the West Alabama counties of Greene, Hale and Bibb.


Meteorologist James Spann commented on his AlabamaWX blog:

For places like Demopolis, Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Birmingham, Clanton, Cullman, Talladega, Anniston and Gadsden, the storms will be loud with lots of lightning and thunder, heavy rain and gusty winds and there is chance a few of them could become severe with damaging winds being the main threat, but that chance is small. Can’t rule out a rogue tornado warning during the day in these areas though since helicity values showing low level spin in the atmosphere will be high by early afternoon across much of Central Alabama. But the storms don’t look like they will have much to work with in the way of instability, which makes severe weather way less likely.