Strong Storms Likely Saturday, Could Turn Severe
All eyes are on Saturday as we prepare for anticipated severe storms in the afternoon and evening. Several “ingredients” will need to be in play for this to happen. As of this writing, it looks like that there will be enough to possibly generate strong to severe storms. A bit of good news is this line should weaken a bit before it pushes in, but it will still be a very dangerous situation. Make plans now to have a safe place to go to ride out the storm.
Plenty of moisture to tap into. Check.
Ample wind shear. Check.
Upper-end marginal instability. Check.
A strong low out of Texas moving up to the Great Lakes region will swing a cold front through our area Saturday night/Sunday morning. Out ahead of this line, gusty winds up to 40+ mph will be possible Saturday morning before the stronger winds move in. As the storms ramp up later in the day, the main concerns with be damaging winds up to 70 mph and isolated tornadoes. These winds will be capable of knocking down trees and power lines.
The timing of these Saturday storms for the WLTZ viewing area will be 3pm-9pm (2pm-8pm central) in Alabama and 6pm-10pm in Georgia. Keep in mind that these timelines could shift a bit.
Periods of heavy downpours are also expected Saturday afternoon into the evening. Isolated flooding, especially creeks and streams, is possible. Plus, ponding of water on roadways and lower lying areas cannot be ruled out.
Be sure to check the WLTZ First News Facebook page often starting Saturday morning for the latest updates to keep you and your family safe. Stay Weather Aware!
-Chief Meteorologist Miller Robson
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