Alabama Skies: Severe weather could begin before sunrise, continue into afternoon

Published 8:15 pm Friday, January 26, 2024

As we’ve been watching the past couple days, the potential for severe weather will impact most places in Alabama Saturday. Models are showing two rounds of strong storms.

The first round will arrive very early Saturday morning. We’re watching the potential for some severe weather beginning as early as 5 a.m. for parts of Alabama.

One of those areas, highlighted in the graphic, is being watched by the National Weather Service in Mobile/Pensacola for an increasing threat.

“A line of storms will slide across the area early Saturday morning into mid-day,” information from the NWS reads. “Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible with this line of storms. The greatest threat is from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. for locations west of I-65 and 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. east of I-65. Be a Hero and pass vital weather information along to others. Have multiple ways to receive warnings, including one that will wake you up early in the morning. Know your safe place before you need it. For more information, go to our Facebook and Twitter pages or listen to NOAA Weather Radio.”

The risk begins farther north to the Demopolis to Auburn line around 7 a.m., but the chance for tornadoes and severe weather isn’t as high.

The second round arrives in the afternoon. This round will include most of the state with a Level 2 stretching through the central part of the state all the way from the coast to Gadsden.

North Alabama

Showers are likely with thunderstorms possible. A storm or two could be strong. High of 61. Showers and storms continue into the evening, then showers into the night. Mostly cloudy with a low of 43.

Central Alabama

Showers are likely with storms possible. A few thunderstorms could be strong to severe, especially in the afternoon. High of 67. Cloudy overnight with a shower or two. Low of 43.

South Alabama

Showers with a few storms possible. Severe storms are also possible in the morning and again in the afternoon. High of 71. Mostly cloudy overnight with a low of 44.

Gulf Coast

Fog and showers are likely with thunderstorms possible, especially in the morning. Some storms could be severe. High of 72. Mostly cloudy Saturday night with a low of 45.