Stormy Friday: some severe storms possible

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A Marginal Risk of severe storms Friday means you should be alert for a threat of strong winds or hail with any storms that approach your area!

Severe storms pounded Oklahoma and Arkansas Thursday evening with hail and high winds; those storms weaken as they approach Northwest Alabama early Friday morning. While we do not expect a sit-up-and-worry threat, you should be on alert: ready just in case a Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Warning is issued for your area between 8 AM and 5 PM Friday.

Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

What will these storms bring?

  • Locally-heavy rain (some spots getting more than 1″ of rainfall in less than an hour)
  • Strong wind gusts that could top out as high as 60-70 MPH.
  • Hail up to 1″ in diameter (the size of a quarter)
  • Lightning!

All about Friday’s forecast…

Ahead of the storms, temperatures only drop to the middle and upper 60s in the morning. We’ll peak in the low-70s before heavy storms pass during the day; in other words, there won’t be much outside time for Friday.

Homeschool needs? If your student(s) are working on weather, check out NOAA Jet Stream for some good information on thunderstorm formation.

Total rainfall looks significant in spots; a few communities will get more than one inch of rainfall through Friday evening. Others will get a lot less: potentially as little as a tenth to a quarter of an inch of total rain from Friday’s round of storms.

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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