MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Another Sunday, another significant severe weather episode for central and southern Alabama. We saw quite a few severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings across the region both Sunday morning and Sunday evening. Numerous reports of damage came into WSFA 12 News, and the National Weather Service will be out survey areas where possible tornadoes touched down over the coming days.
Fortunately, the weather improves drastically the next few days. Skies are slowly clearing today as highs push into the middle 70s.
Patchy fog is possible tonight and early tomorrow morning as lows settle into the 50s.
Tuesday will be mostly sunny, and clouds return Wednesday afternoon. Highs each day will be around the 80-degree mark with minimal humidity.
The unfortunate side of the forecast is the risk of more rain and thunderstorms by Thursday. An area of low pressure will track across northern Mississippi and Alabama, bring with it a very good chance of widespread rain and storm activity.
With this system, there is a chance that some storms could become strong to severe with damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and hail.
It’s a situation that we will have a higher degree of confidence in by Tuesday morning. Until then, we will mention the chance of a few stronger thunderstorms on Thursday.
For now, we can look at a few ingredients that help us forecast severe weather. One of them is called the Significant Tornado Parameter. Essentially if you see any yellows, oranges or reds on the map shown above you know the risk of severe weather and possibly tornadoes is there.
Since we are still 96 hours from the greatest chance of storms, it’s important to take any parameters and ingredients loosely. However, with some yellows and oranges already showing up across central and southern Alabama on Thursday, it is evident that there will at least be a chance of some strong to severe thunderstorms. We’ll keep you updated.