Thursday: Severe Weather Including Tornadoes Could Strike Again
Without a doubt, it is Severe Weather season. It runs for our area from March until May. It’s always best to stay weather-aware during this spring season. It's the best course of action to keep you and your family safe.
Communities in Alabama are still dealing with the cleanup from last Wednesday’s (March 17, 2021) Tornado Outbreak. As we monitoring the next system to impact our area.
Currently, there is the potential for severe weather on Thursday for all of Central Alabama with a greater risk across the northwestern half of the area. James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist mentioned on his AlabamaWX Weather blog, that "high-resolution model data suggests we could see a round of thunderstorms Thursday morning that could be strong, but the main threat will come in the general 12-hour window from noon to midnight."
As always I encourage you to stay aware because timing and tracking could shift. We will continue to monitor this system for any future developments. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has our coverage areas in two risk categories.
Enhanced Risk Area includes:
Damaging winds up to 70 mph
Quarter size hail
Slight Risk Area includes:
Damaging winds up to 60 mph
Quarter size hail
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist mentioned on Facebook that the Storm Prediction Center has noted that the “new high resolution (3km) NAM shows elevated STP (Significant Tornado Parameter) values over the state Thursday evening. SPC has defined an enhanced risk.”
Things you should do now:
Have multiple ways to receive weather warnings. Ensure they are not on silent when you are preparing to go to bed; a great resource our free app.
Know where you are located on the Alabama state map (know your county).
Pinpoint your safe place at home and work.