Severe storms possible tonight and into tomorrow

Severe storms possible tonight and into tomorrow

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Thanksgiving week is always a busy week, the schedule full of errands, groceries and cooking. Unfortunately, severe thunderstorms will usher in a busy weather pattern this week as well.

Scattered rain is possible at times today. This rain won’t be severe or widespread, in fact, most of you won’t get any rain today. Those who do will get a quick downpour and that’s it.

Later tonight into tomorrow, things change. A line of storms is moving across the state after 10 p.m. This line will experience significant wind shear over Alabama, meaning some of the more intense storms will be able to rotate. Our primary concerns are isolated tornadoes and some pockets of isolated thunderstorm wind damage. The overall risk level is 2 out of 5 – the lower end of the scale, but still a risk – and still enough to warrant your interest and preparedness.

First warning: The possibility of strong storms tonight and into tomorrow(WSFA 12 News)

Today would be a good time to check the batteries and receiver for the NOAA weather radio. It would also be wise to double-check your WSFA First Alert weather app – make sure your location is set to “follow me” and your phone is off silent before heading to bed tonight.

Storms will move east across the state, exiting Alabama just after lunchtime. Noticeably cooler air filters into the state Tuesday night into Wednesday, with afternoon highs dropping into the upper 50s to low 60s on Wednesday and Thursday. We expect mainly cool and dry weather for the Turkey Day Classic in Montgomery on Thursday with temperatures in the upper 50s for most of the game.

A very weak system will pass through Alabama late Thursday night into Friday morning, and may bring light, intermittent rain. This rain will not be much, and we do not expect any severe weather problems with this system.

First warning: The possibility of strong storms tonight and into tomorrow
First warning: The possibility of strong storms tonight and into tomorrow(WSFA 12 News)

The weekend forecast is still vague at this point, and some model data is trying to create another storm system for the second half of the weekend. Other data shows us cold and dry. Both ideas are reasonable, so for now we’ll put a slight chance of rain on Sunday. We will have better data later this week and will adjust our weekend forecast as necessary.

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