Plan Ahead: 2 Rounds of Severe Weather Expected for West, Central Alabama
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) noted that a “severe potential exists across the southern U.S. every day into the middle of next week. Damaging gusts, large hail, and a few tornadoes are possible, especially Monday-Wednesday.”
For Alabama, the SPC defined our state in two different risk areas. Tuesday, there is a “slight risk” which is a level 2 out of 5 for South Alabama with a "marginal risk" which is a level 1 out of 5 for the rest of the state. Wednesday, the SPC has the entire State of Alabama in a severe weather risk level.
As always, we highly recommend checking back often for any crucial adjustments to risk levels, threats, and timelines as we get closer to Tuesday, April 5, 2022, and Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
As the warm front tracks across Alabama and then a cold front, The National Weather Service in Birmingham has provided some key highlights.
Tuesday 5 am to 8 pm
Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night
Damaging winds up to 60 mph
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that the Tuesday “threat is more conditional over the northern half of the state.” For Wednesday, he mentioned that “as a cold front moves through. Wind profiles will be unidirectional, so tornadoes are not expected. But, the line of storms ahead of the front could result in strong winds and some hail. The best chance of these storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours.”
There is a chance for flash flooding on Tuesday due to the influx of rain. “Rain amounts could exceed 2 inches in spots, and flooding is possible. A flash flood watch could be required for Tuesday,” said Spann.
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