Wednesday is a First Alert Weather Day. We are anticipating a line of strong to severe storms capable of damaging winds. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch will likely be needed for the entire area at some point Wednesday morning.
We will be keeping you up to date on air, online and on your mobile. We will also have the WAFF 48 First Alert Storm Tracker in the field.
After one last round of thunderstorms today, that will likely remain below severe limits, we will see the atmosphere become unstable this evening and into the overnight hours. No rain or storms are expected overnight tonight as what we call, “The warm sector”, moves in. However, severe storms will be going most of the night in areas of the country well to our north and west. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive critical weather information.
Shortly after sunrise Wednesday morning there could be a quick round of strong to severe storms across extreme NW Alabama. After this we will watch as storms fire up ahead of a fast moving cold front. This will force a line of strong to severe thunderstorms to quickly develop between the hours of 11am and Noon over NW Alabama.
This line will track east at 55 to 60 mph and carry with it the potential for damaging straight line winds along the track. The threat for severe weather will drop over NW Alabama by 1pm.
Between 1pm and 5pm we expect to see this line move from I-65, through the Metro area and into parts of NE Alabama. Damaging straight line winds will continue to be a concern and some winds could exceed 60 mph with the stronger storms. This will likely be the case for storms that begin to bow and race out ahead of the main line. The tornado threat is low but cannot be ruled out especially in these possible bowing segments and where we have breaks within the line.
Cooler weather will move in Thursday and Friday with highs in the 60s.
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