This post is intended to give a general overview of the severe weather threat facing the Valley Monday and Tuesday. For a lengthier and more detailed discussion of not only our severe weather expectations, but also tonight’s weather and the cool-down that follows the upcoming storms, head over to the main forecast page.
A long-lived severe weather event is likely around much of the Southeast Monday and Tuesday, including here in the Tennessee Valley. Some questions remain as to just what we’ll experience here, but we’re striving to give you the most precise and complete information possible.
Threats: The primary threat will likely be damaging straight-line winds, but a secondary threat for tornadoes may also materialize. The reason the tornado threat is currently considered “secondary” is due to the uncertainty of whether there will be sufficient support for more than just isolated and brief tornadoes. It is possible the right mix of ingredients will come together such that the tornado threat will wind up superseding the straight-line wind threat.
Timing: Storms could form as early as late Monday afternoon, but the highest threat is expected to develop Monday evening, first in Northwest Alabama, and then gradually shift east Monday night and into Tuesday morning.
Location: Every community in North Alabama and Southern-Middle Tennessee has a chance for severe weather, and everyone should be prepared in case hazardous weather affects your community. That being said, odds for more widespread severe weather are highest for towns furthest west, and slightly lower for those further east. Remember: Everyone should be prepared for severe weather Monday into Tuesday, regardless of where you live in the Valley.
Make sure the weather radio is plugged-in, turned-on, and has fresh batteries. This is the primary method we recommend you receive your warnings while at home. Additionally, we suggest several digital resources to keep you updated at home or on the road:
Also, don’t forget valleywx.com! It’s a valuable resource we update frequently leading up to severe weather and is a great place to get information when storms are affecting the area but do not warrant extended TV coverage.