Good Start to Weekend, Severe Weather Sunday
ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE STORMS SUNDAY MORNING
Happy Friday! A few clouds will be around for your TGIF, but we’re not expecting any rainfall out of them with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Saturday will be warmer and breezy ahead of a developing storm system to our west, with a little warmer temperatures in the 80-85 degree range. To our west, a significant severe weather event is likely over parts of southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, and western Mississippi with supercell thunderstorms and isolated strong tornadoes possible.
Later Saturday night, those storms will congeal into a broken line of strong to severe thunderstorms as they march east into western Alabama and into the I-65 corridor between Birmingham and Montgomery by daybreak Sunday morning. The line will continue eastward into our viewing area roughly between 8 AM and 2 PM, with those times subject to change by a couple of hours faster or slower.
The main risk with the line over our area will be damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. A strong tornado is not out of the question, but current indications are that the supercell threat ahead of the line will not be high and not nearly as high as what we saw on March 3. However, this is subject to change, and regardless of comparisons to March 3, Sunday’s threat is significant in its own right.
Many of you will be attending Palm Sunday church services while the severe weather threat is active over our area. Make sure you and your place of worship has a plan in case a tornado warning is issued during service. If you are in a mobile home, consider finding more sturdy shelter if and when a tornado WATCH is issued on Sunday and you have a couple of hours to take action, not when a WARNING is issued and you have just minutes.
The severe weather will come to an end Sunday evening, leaving behind a cooler and sunny day for Monday as well as Tuesday. A warmup is in store for Wednesday before our next chance of thunderstorms on Thursday. Some of those may also be on the strong side, but we will focus more on that threat once Sunday’s episode has made its way through our area.
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-Meteorologist Dana Barker