The Townsquare Media weather center is closely monitoring a storm system that can potentially bring a few strong to severe thunderstorms to our area.

Potential Risk Area

According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, areas “generally near and west of Interstate 65” should stay weather-aware this weekend.

Risk Levels

Currently, there is a “marginal risk” issued for a portion of Alabama, but includes the entire Townsquare Media listening areas, which include Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties.

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Probable Threats

As the weather system approaches Alabama on Saturday, expect showers throughout the day across the state. Additionally, be prepared for a noticeable temperature difference, with highs expected to be around 10 degrees above average.

James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist, said the “storm system will feature a positive tilt upper trough, limited surface-based instability, and generally unidirectional wind profiles. This means a low-end severe weather threat; heavier storms could produce gusty winds early Sunday morning during the pre-dawn hours. A brief, isolated tornado can't be ruled out, but isn't likely.”


The latest timing window for severe weather is “4 pm Saturday afternoon through 4 am Sunday morning,” said the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Spann noted that “the heavier storms will come from about midnight Saturday night through 9:00 a.m. Sunday.”

Drought Issues

The positive side of the incoming storm system is that 1 to 2 inches is expected across Alabama. Our current drought conditions range from abnormally dry to extreme drought. Hopefully, this influx of rain can help improve those statistics.

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