Severe weather a threat to Alabama on Saturday, but when?

Severe weather a threat to Alabama on Saturday, but when?

Severe weather a threat to Alabama on Saturday, but when?

The combination of warm, humid air in place, strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere and the strong cold front will lead to a risk of isolated severe storms with a primary risk of wind gusts to 60 miles per hour.

A four-day storm system that is expected to stall over the Great Lakes this weekend is likely to smack part of MI with a combination of ice, sleet and high winds. Storms will fire well to our west Friday afternoon and begin an eastward trek into the evening.

Then a big change will move in overnight and will continue into Thursday and Friday morning.

Forecasters expect Saturday to be a washout and are concerned flooding and severe storms could come with it. With a scattered strong storms possible, we could see damaging winds, large hail, and an isolated tornado. The pieces are in place for severe weather, but those southern storms are a huge factor in whether they will actually develop in North Alabama.

We've had mostly sunny skies throughout the afternoon as temperatures warmed to around 80 degrees. Be prepared for heavy rainfall. If they arrive in the afternoon, we could have a much higher risk for severe weather.

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In addition to the severe weather threat, the state's southeast half could see up to 6 inches of rain between Friday morning and Saturday evening. By Saturday the humidity will rise and there will be a good chance for thunderstorms on Sunday. Highs on Monday will still only make it into the upper 60°s, but we should be back into the 70°s by Tuesday, and many WAFB communities could ping 80° for Wednesday afternoon.

The agency's Shreveport office said that "potentially strong tornadoes" will be possible Friday in its coverage area, which includes southwest Arkansas.

Temperatures do cool down slightly with highs in the middle 70s on Friday.

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