Breezy and warm with high pollen and haze this evening. Temperatures will stay in the middle 70s through 10pm. Overnight lows will be around 70 degrees. Don’t expect any rain until after 9am Thursday morning. It will be a windy day on Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms will move through during the late morning and early afternoon hours with the potential for damaging winds. Ahead of this line of storms the winds will be sustained at 20-25mph with wind gusts up to 35mph.
Heavy rain and some hail will also be produced by the showers and thunderstorms. We will likely fall under a severe thunderstorm or a tornado watch for all of North Alabama and southern Tennessee at some point in the day on Thursday. Although the primary threat is going to be damaging winds 50-70mph, I cannot rule out the development of some lower end EF0-EF1 type tornadoes that could quickly form along low level storm boundaries.
Here is the latest timeline regarding the severe weather potential. The Shoals 10am-1pm….The Huntsville Metro and areas along I-65 from 1pm-4pm….Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson counties between 4pm-8pm.
The line will likely get stronger as it tracks along and to the east of I-65 between 1pm and 4pm. Stay tuned for possible changes to the exact timing and strength of this storm system. We will have a trained storm spotter in the field as the storms roll in, and the Million Watt power of Live Storm Tracker Doppler.
You can also follow the WAFF 48 Storm Team online at WAFF.com and on your phone or tablet with our weather and news apps. We will being streaming coverage as soon as the threat begins to move into North Alabama and southern Tennessee. We will be providing updates throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter.
Forecast rainfall totals.
The rest of the week will be cooler with highs in the 60s Friday after morning lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s. A chance of some late evening thunderstorms will return Sunday with highs in the 70s.
Have a safe night.
WAFF 48 Storm Team
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