We continue to track a developing storm system that will bring us strong to severe thunderstorms. There are two timeframes for severe storms. The first chance will come overnight tonight. We will begin streaming coverage on our weather and news apps after the 10pm newscast tonight. We will also provide a chat room and video stream between 7:00 – 7:30pm online to discuss any weather radio programming concerns.
Strong to severe storms will move into the Shoals beginning shortly after Midnight. The line of storms will track east and be capable of damaging wind gusts (50-60mph) along with significant lightning and flooding rain. Expect the storms in the Huntsville Metro area by 2am and into Northeast Alabama by 3am. This line of storms will clear the area by 8am Saturday.
Our secondary threat for severe weather depends on where the boundaries from the overnight storms are able to aid in the development of new storms. If we see some sunshine by the late morning hours that will be an indication to you that the threat for severe weather remains. The main area of concern for new development will be along and east of I-65 between Noon and 5pm. Any storm that develops will have the potential to quickly become severe and produce hail larger than golf balls, damaging straight line winds up to 70 mph and a strong tornado. Temperatures will likely reach the lower 80s by 1pm and the atmosphere will become unstable. The storms will remain isolated so not everyone will see severe weather.
Stay weather alert. We will have information throughout the night and throughout the day on Saturday regarding this developing storm system. You can stay informed through our mobile apps, our website and on WAFF Channel 48. Should we go into extended continuous coverage you can find us on one of our radio partners including Mix 96.9 FM.
Sunday will be quieter behind the front with temperatures in the upper 70s. Rain chances return by Tuesday of next week.
Have a safe night.
WAFF 48 Storm Team
We Track Storms