Central, West Alabama Prepares for Possible Severe Weather on Thursday
The Southeast United States is preparing for the possibility of severe storms this week. This means a weather system will push a cold front through Central Alabama on Thursday, February 17, 2022.
We want to give you a heads up so you have enough time to prepare yourself for the possibility of severe weather on Thursday. Just a reminder that severe weather season runs from November to May. Also, when the weather is nice and calm it is a great time to make sure your safety plan is in place.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham said that “while a severe potential exists across all of Central Alabama, the better chance for severe weather appears to be in the western half of Central Alabama.”
Highlights from the National Weather Service in Birmingham
All of Central Alabama
Tornadoes cannot be ruled out
Wind gusts 30-35 mph outside of any thunderstorm activity
We are stressing that information about the threat of severe weather will adjust as we get closer to Thursday.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that “shear and instability values look favorable, but the main upper air support will be lifting north of the region by mid to late afternoon, meaning the higher severe weather probabilities will be over Mississippi and the western half of Alabama. SPC has much of the state in a severe weather risk Thursday.
What Types of Severe Weather Should We Expect?
Spann noted that “for now, it looks like all modes of severe weather will be possible, including strong straight-line winds, hail, and a few tornadoes. We should also note that pressure gradient winds (not related to thunderstorms) will be in the 15-25 mph range Thursday with higher gusts.”
We will continue to monitor this weather scenario and update you quickly.
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