A risk of severe storms in Alabama today; tornado surveillance continues



By Leigh Morgan | Posted on January 19, 2019 at 07:26 AM | Updated on January 19, 2019 at 03:01 PM

Watch the weather today and enjoy the warm temperatures while they last.

Much of Alabama will run the risk of seeing severe severe storms during the rest of today as a cold front moves through the state.

The strongest storms could contain gusts of wind of up to 60 mph, and a brief tornado or two will also be possible, according to forecasters.

And it will be windy even from the storms. The north, center and parts of southern Alabama are under a wind alert today, and could be extended through Sunday as well.

Much cooler air will settle behind today's storms, with some snowfall possible in some parts of the state tonight.

Storm risk update from Saturday afternoon.

Storm Prediction Center

Storm risk update from Saturday afternoon.

The area of ​​severe weather risk is reducing as of Saturday afternoon.

The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has parts of Alabama under some type of severe weather risk during the afternoon.

The yellow areas have a slight risk of severe weather, which means that severe scattered storms will be possible.

Dark green areas have a marginal risk, which means that there will be severe isolated storms.

What is a slight risk?

Storm Prediction Center

What is a slight risk?

A slight risk means there will be severe scattered storms. Meteorologists believe that the greatest danger will be strong winds of up to 60 mph, but a brief tornado can not be ruled out.

Tornado watch continues – for some

Storm Prediction Center

Tornado watch continues – for some

Tornado surveillance continues in parts of southern and central Alabama until 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service added Jefferson, St. Clair and Tuscaloosa counties to the clock just after 11 a.m.

Some counties have already retired from the clock at 1:50 p.m., including the counties of Bibb, Jefferson, Perry, Clarke, Washington, Hale, Marengo, Tuscaloosa and Choctaw.

Side note: this is only the second tornado watch issued for all of the USA. UU So far this year.

Tornado warning for Coosa, Elmore, Tallapoosa counties

The warning will be valid until 3:15 p.m.

As of 2:57 p.m. the storm was located near Cottage Grove and was moving northeast at 50 mph.

Timeline of the storm of southwestern Alabama

NWS

Timeline of the storm of southwestern Alabama

Rain and storms, some of them severe, continued in parts of Alabama on Saturday afternoon.

The National Meteorology Service of Mobile said that the storms will continue moving eastward in the afternoon, but are expected to decrease later tonight.

Straight-line winds will be the main concern, but small tornadoes could also develop ahead of the squall line, the weather service said.


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