The Storm Prediction Center is highlighting a large swath of the Central and Eastern U.S. for the potential for severe weather Friday, Friday night and Saturday. The most intense storms are expected to occur in the Mid-South and Midwest. Storms will eventually form into a broken line and move into northwest Alabama by around 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Ingredients in the atmosphere will favor a risk of damaging wind gusts, locally heavy rainfall and/or a tornado. Lightning is a threat in any thunderstorm.

These storms will progress east through the morning across North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee.

Storms will move into northwest Alabama starting around 4 a.m. and the Huntsville area between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Storms look to clear northeast Alabama by around 11 a.m.

While any segment of the line will be capable of severe weather, we’ll be looking closely for storms that become oriented more vertically, as those storms will be able to tap into the wind shear available even more than the rest of the line of storms.

Pieces of the line that take on more of an “S” shape often produce more severe weather, including tornadoes.

Now is the time to prepare for thunderstorms that could be severe Friday night into mid-morning Saturday. Know the difference between a watch and a warning. Have a plan in place in case a warning is issued. Make sure you have the Live Alert 19 app and your batteries are fresh in your NOAA weather radio as many of you may be sleeping during the worst weather. Have multiple ways to receive weather alerts that are issued. Stay with the News 19 Weather Authority for the latest.