Severe storms expected Wednesday afternoon and again overnight

Weather

The Storm Prediction Center outlines a risk of severe storms for all of North and Central Alabama as well as Middle Tennessee through Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

It’s April.  It’s the heart of severe weather season in the South, and we’re facing a stormy set-up on Wednesday, Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.  Beyond that, there will be another threatening weather set-up this weekend: potentially-severe storms again on Easter Sunday across much of Alabama, Southern Tennessee and Georgia.

In the short-term, the three rounds of storms in the Wednesday/Thursday timeframe could bring these threats:

  • Very large hail (larger than a quarter, possibly larger than a golf ball)
  • Strong wind gusts over 60 miles per hour
  • Intense, frequent lightning
  • Tornadoes are possible (regardless of the ‘chance,’ it’s good to be aware and prepared)

The afternoon wave: Wednesday afternoon and evening (large hail and strong winds possible)
Wednesday afternoon simulated radar (Baron 3km model)
  • This second round of storms depends on two factors: how much sun we get and where the trigger causes them to form.
  • Any storms that blow up in the afternoon could have very large hail (golf ball sized or larger possible).  Strong damaging winds could also come from a few intense storms.
  • Coverage is limited; these storms look very hit-or-miss.
  • Timing: around 2pm to around 8pm Wednesday.

There’s another ‘break’ after these storms diminish.  Don’t let your guard down!  The final round begins late Wednesday evening in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois.  Those storms move southeast through the night ending up in Alabama before sunrise.

The next round: Wednesday night into Thursday morning more widespread severe storms

  • The final round of storms looks the most intense of all with very large hail (possibly larger than golf balls), strong wind gusts over 60 miles per hour.  A tornado is possible with this batch of storms.
  • Storms will be more widespread with this round; almost all of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee get 30-60 minutes’ worth of stormy weather between midnight and 6 AM.

Be sure you’re prepared and ready to get a warning!  Your NOAA Weather Radio in combination with Live Alert 19 will ensure you get the fastest, best information possible!

Wondering why we’re focused on wind and hail? Here’s an explanation of how we see the atmosphere developing for the middle of the week:

Hail Season in Alabama and Tennessee

Looking for the rest of the forecast? It’s always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

-Jason
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