FIRST ALERT: Multiple tornado warnings across WSFA viewing area
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The WSFA First Alert weather team is tracking severe weather overnight into Wednesday morning. The storms are moving eastward, bringing with it tornado warnings for several counties in the WSFA 12 News viewing area.
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Scattered showers and storms continue across Alabama this evening; so far, these storms have mainly stayed below severe limits. Translation - they’re loud and really rainy, but they haven’t damaged anything. Over the next several hours, clusters of thunderstorms in Mississippi will push across central and south Alabama. From Montgomery northward, the worst of it will likely be in the midnight to 4am timeframe, with the storms pushing south of the Capital City between 4-8am. The rain ends quickly and the entire state will be dry by 10am Wednesday.
As it tracks across the state, the most intense storm cores will be capable of producing isolated pockets of wind damage, some hail and low-lying flooding. And, with ample wind shear in place over the state, the most intense storms could rotate and potentially produce a few brief tornadoes. The overall risk level is on the low side, but low risk does not equal no risk. Have multiple, reliable ways of getting weather warnings tonight, and know ahead of time where you’ll go if a tornado warning is issued for your location.
In addition to the severe weather risk, the rain will be heavy at times and some flash flooding could occur in spots.
On nights like this - every thunderstorm won’t become severe. In fact, most won’t. But, a few problem areas could develop if and where the most intense storm cores reach their full potential and cause concern. Moral of the story: everyone see rain and rumbles, a few could be impacted by more dangerous weather.
The risk isn’t off the charts by any means, but a low-end severe weather is in place through Wednesday morning. Those along and west of I-65 have the highest threat of severe weather, but no one is immune from seeing potential impacts. Hazards include a few tornadoes, strong to damaging wind gusts, hail and lightning.
The system will also bring gusty winds this evening through tomorrow evening regardless of any thunderstorm activity. Gusts of 20-35 mph are expected with sustained wind speeds of 10-15+ mph.
Those winds tomorrow will usher in much colder air behind the morning cold front. Look for temperatures to go backwards tomorrow afternoon after starting well in the 60s. Thursday will be even colder with temperatures topping out in the upper 50s. The 60s are back for Friday. Overnight lows will be much colder as well in the middle to upper 30s. Some of the colder spots could very well see lower 30s by sunrise Thursday.
The first weekend of December will be partly to mostly cloudy with much warmer temperatures. Highs will be back in the lower 70s even with the additional cloud cover. Out of those clouds could be a few light, spotty showers. That chance is highest Saturday night and Sunday, but there won’t be much out there.
Drier and continued warm weather will be present as the first full week of December gets underway next week!
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