Alabama Skies: Severe weather now possible this weekend

Published 10:09 pm Friday, February 9, 2024

The severe weather threat we’ve been watching for Mississippi has now expanded into Alabama for later this weekend.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, a Level 2 risk now includes a small area near the Mississippi border in southwestern Alabama. In this risk area, tornadoes, severe storms, hail, and damaging winds are all possible Sunday into Sunday night.

A Level 1 includes much of the rest of the state, stretching from near Cullman south towards Montgomery. In the Level 1, all modes of severe weather are possible, but not as widespread as the Level 2. Tornadoes are also less likely, but still not a zero chance.

Based on models, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Level 2 expand in coverage area by the time storms develop.

In the meantime, rain and a storm or two are likely in the northern half of the state Saturday. Rain chances aren’t as likely during the day Saturday, but there will still be a few showers and storms possible. If you have plans for Mardi Gras or other outdoor activities, check social media to be sure events haven’t been canceled or altered before heading out.

North Alabama

Showers are likely with a thunderstorm possible in the afternoon. High of 68. Showers Saturday night with a couple storms possible. Low of 53.

Central Alabama

A few showers are possible. Cloudy with a high of 69. Showers becoming likely overnight with a storm possible. Low of 58.

South Alabama

A shower or two is possible, especially in the afternoon. Cloudy with a high of 71. Showers likely Saturday night with a storm or two possible. Low of 60.

Gulf Alabama

Cloudy with a few showers in the area. High of 71. Fog overnight with some more rain possible. Low of 63.