Some severe storms possible across parts of the Deep South

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

A band of strong thunderstorms was pushing through west Tennessee and north MS this morning ahead of a cold front; the line was expected to enter the northwest corner of Alabama around 7 a.m.

Instability will be low but with ample moisture and wind shear, isolated severe storms are possible with wind gusts to 60 miles per hour. However, that risk area has been trimmed some and now does not include north or parts of north-central Alabama. An isolated stronger storm of two cannot be ruled out, but that chance for any development will fizzle as we go after dark tonight. If that occurs, we may have a few more active storms... meaning that we'll have to watch even closer for storm development.

Showers and storms will begin to move into northwestern Alabama and Southern Tennessee from 8AM-12PM. Rainfall amounts throughout the day should total less than 1/2 inch throughout the area. Now just because we see if a passing cold front does not mean temperatures are going to dramatically change; after we clear things out, temperatures look to be back into the 40s statewide. At this point, most of the rain activity will hold off until the weekend. A light freeze is likely both Wednesday and Thursday morning. Out ahead of that will be clouds and rain for us in Central Alabama. Next Saturday is looking like a wet day, with a period of rain and highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. Doesn't look to have any instability associated with this system, especially since the main dynamics will be so far away.

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