Storms Entering The Northwest Corner Of The State At Midday

As of 12:15 pm, the MCS is moving through the northern parts of Mississippi and the western parts of Tennessee and is in the process of crossing the Alabama state line just to the northwest of Waterloo in Lauderdale County. The good news is that no part of the MCS is severe at this point, but it will need to be watched over the next several hours as it moves into the northwestern and eventually across much of the area.

NWS Birmingham and NWS Huntsville are both working with the Storm Prediction Center on the potential of issuing a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the western and northwestern parts of North/Central Alabama. We will know in the next few minutes if one will be issued (just issued before I finished this post).

The only issue is that there will be some technical work being done to NWS Chat for the next couple of hours, so it may take us a minute or two longer to be able to update the issuances of watches and warnings, along with any damage reports.

SPC continues a Slight Wisk for much of the western third of North/Central Alabama, while a Marginal Risk remains for nearly all of the rest of the western half and into the east-central parts of the area. Damaging winds and hail up to half dollar size will be possible with and stronger to severe parts of this complex of storms. Tornadoes are not expected, but with any storm system in the Spring Severe Weather Season, we need to expect the unexpected.

Timing for the potential of stronger to severe weather will be from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm for locations west of a line from York (Sumter Co.) to Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa Co.) to Cullman (Cullman Co.) to Skyline (Jackson Co.), east of that to a line stretching from Montgomery (Montgomery Co.) to Oxford (Calhoun Co.) to Valley Head (DeKalb Co.) from 3:00 pm to 9:00. Storms are not expected to be severe for the eastern parts of North/Central Alabama.

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