WEATHER AWARE: More Severe Weather Expected Thursday


4/21/2020 Forecast Snapshot

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Tuesday, 8:45 PM

TONIGHT: Remaining mostly clear & quiet.  Temperatures stay comfortable after a noticeably warmer afternoon in Alabama.  Overnight lows expected in the upper 40s/low 50s.  Light East breeze at 5 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Clouds increasing, a few passing showers possible.  We’ll start off Wednesday morning mostly sunny, but as winds veer to the South once again, cloud cover should turn thicker as the day progresses.  A few sprinkles may pass through during the day, but nothing heavy expected. Slightly cooler afternoon highs in the low 70s.  A steady Southeast wind at 10 to 15 mph.  Chance of rain 40%.

LATE WED/EARLY THURS: An overnight wave of strong thunderstorms expected.  Another fast-moving low-pressure will prompt a risk of severe weather for a majority of Central Alabama, especially for folks along & South of Interstate 20.

Heavy rain should begin pushing in from the West after 11 PM Wednesday night.  After midnight, a cluster of power thunderstorms will rush through our Southern tier of counties, packing 60-70 mph winds & the potential for brief tornadoes and large hail.

PLEASE be ready to be woken up early Thursday…turn the notifications for your CBS 42 Storm Team Weather App ON before you go to bed Wednesday.  Be prepared to wake up & seek shelter if needed!  By roughly 8 AM, the storms will clear the area.

THURS AFTERNOON: The cold front won’t pass through the region until late Thursday afternoon,A second wave of storms is now possible for places East of I-65 Thursday as well. These could come in the form of isolated supercells, capable of producing tornadoes, large hail, & damaging winds. The window for this to happen is narrow, though.

With the atmosphere “rebounding” with unstable air Thursday afternoon before the front arrives, the window appears to be from 12 PM to 3 PM for places East of I-65. We’ll be paying very close attention to how the atmosphere is developing Thursday, essentially “nowcasting” how the storms will progress. There is certainly ample potential for significant storms, so stay alert!

Storms or not, expect a very windy day ThursdaySustained winds will be anywhere from 20 to 30 mph, gusts to 35 mph.  High temperatures expected in the 70s.

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