Tornado Watch For North Alabama until 1 PM.
A Tornado Watch has been issued for all of our counties in North Alabama and Lincoln and Franklin counties in Tennessee until 1 PM Thursday afternoon. This means that conditions are favorable for storms that could produce tornadoes.
The Weather Authority is continuing to track the threat of strong storms on Thursday. A fast-moving cold front will lead to a line of showers and storms moving through the region between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Make sure you have your rain gear before you head out the door Thursday morning. Showers will track into northwest Alabama by the early morning hours Thursday. The severe weather threat at first will be on the lower end but will gradually increase as this line tracks eastward. The greatest chance for a severe storm looks to be along and east of I-65.
The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted parts of Alabama and Georgia for the risk of severe storms associated with this system. Alabama has been included in a Slight Risk (level 2 out of 5) for the development of strong to severe storms. Parts of Madison, Morgan, Jackson, DeKalb, and Marshall Counties are under an *ENHANCED RISK* (Level 3 of 5).
The main severe weather threat will be damaging wind gusts greater around 55 mph or higher. Rainfall amounts of 0.25 to one inch will be possible across our area, with the lesser amounts across northwest Alabama. Strong gusts and saturated soils could lead to power outages and trees down. Outside of storms, winds could gust up to 35-40 mph on Thursday.
Expect colder temperatures Thursday night into Friday with the potential for some flurries or light snow. The best chance of accumulations will be in the higher terrain across northeast Alabama where up to 0.50 inches will be possible. Watch bridges and overpasses if you have to be out as they cool quicker.
Gusty Winds Outside Of Storms
With a strong low-level jet and a tight pressure gradient associated with this cold front, winds will be strong outside of any storms. Sustained winds Wednesday night into Thursday morning will be between 10 and 20 mph with gusts up to 25 and 30 mph. Those winds will increase through the day Thursday, with occasional gusts to 35 and 40 mph.
Stay with the Weather Authority as we track this next system and make sure you have our Live Aler 19 weather app to keep you and your family safe.