A major winter storm continues to impact the Plains States and Midwest this afternoon. A cold front associated with this large storm system is moving in our direction. Rain and storms have already started developing over West Alabama. There was one report of small hail in association with these storms. We expect the most unstable air to remain south, with the primary severe threat over south Mississippi and south Alabama. We could have some gusty winds, small hail, and frequent lightning associated with some of the storms tonight but the risk for severe weather is very low.
The rain and storm activity should slowly taper off from west to east during the early morning hours tomorrow but additional showers could pop-up later in the day. The cold front will make its push across our area and slow as it drifts into south Alabama. Another disturbance looks to track along the front enhancing the chance for additional shower activity after lunchtime. The greatest chance for this additional rain will be in southeast communities. The chance for a few showers will linger tomorrow night and early Saturday. I do expect some clearing on Saturday, with pleasantly cool temperatures. Highs on Saturday look to reach the lower 60s. Sunday also looks like a bright day, with ample sunshine and highs in the 60s.
Weather Presentation: 6:30 PM Hayden Community Center
If you live near the town of Hayden be sure to come out to the Community Center at 6:30 PM for a special weather presentation. I will be giving a speech about severe weather preparedness and sharing some stories about my experiences in covering severe weather in Alabama. You will also have a chance to the see the Fox 6 Storm Tracker and pickup a severe weather safety guide.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt