Alabama Skies Bulletin: Severe weather, tornado threats increase

Published 2:39 pm Sunday, January 7, 2024

There have been some changes in Monday night’s forecast and the changes aren’t the best of news.

With the latest update from the Storm Prediction Center, the overnight threat for severe weather has increased with a “hatched” area for tornadoes included. Most of these storms will actually be early Tuesday morning.

The Sunday afternoon update shows the Level 1 for central Alabama has stayed similar to what it was Saturday night. This zone includes Tuscaloosa, Clanton, Montgomery, and just north of Auburn. The main risk in this area is for damaging wind gusts, mainly 2 a.m. until 7 am. Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

A Level 2 includes Demopolis, Selma, and Troy. In this zone, damaging winds and a brief tornado are possible. The western part of the zone should expect storms from 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. while the eastern communities can expect rough weather between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

We have a new Level 3 risk zone for Alabama that includes Eufaula to the Gulf Coast. The main risks in this zone are damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour and tornadoes. This zone also includes a “hatched” risk for tornadoes, which emphasizes the risk area.

Tornadoes in this zone can be strong and dangerous, especially since they will mainly be possible overnight.