Today is a First Alert Weather Day

Tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail are expected with storms today and tonight

Today is a First Alert Weather Day
Wednesday, March 17th could bring strong to severe storms to Alabama. The WSFA Weather team is monitoring the growing concern and the potential threats this could have. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Today is a First Alert Weather Day: A significant threat of severe weather exists for Central Alabama now through early Thursday morning. We are in the middle of a long-term severe weather and tornado outbreak.

All hazards remain on the table, including:

  • Multiple tornadoes
  • A chance of some strong to violent and long-track tornadoes
  • Destructive wind gusts
  • Large hail

Make sure you have multiple, reliable ways to receive weather information, your electronics are charged, your NOAA weather radios are ready to go, you have a plan to enact if threatening weather impacts your area this evening and tonight, and you have the right supplies ready to go.

Download the First Alert Weather App for alerts at

Supplies to consider having in or near your safe spot include helmets, blankets and pillows for protection, extra batteries, a fully charged cell phone, water, safe shoes like boots and tennis shoes, snacks, a whistle and flashlights.

It’ll also be vital to continue checking back for updates on TV and on social media for updates. We’ve already been live for numerous tornado warnings, and you can stream it at

What to do to prepare for the severe weather on the way.
What to do to prepare for the severe weather on the way. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The rain and storms will end in our eastern and southeastern counties by 8 a.m. Thursday as our cold front pushes through, giving way to a breezy and cooler day with plenty of sunshine. Highs will only reach the middle 60s for most, with 70s for Southeast Alabama.

The much cooler and less humid air sticks around for Friday and the weekend with highs staying in the 60s. Friday will unfortunately be rather cloudy, but there will be some sunshine Saturday and complete sunshine for Sunday!

The next chance of rain and storms doesn’t arrive until the middle and end of next week. Right now it’s too early to determine whether or not there will be any attendant severe threat with those systems.

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