Slight chance of severe storms Friday night


Alabama is bracing for a line of potentially strong storms that could last throughout the day Saturday. The temperatures will fall throughout the day and will be in the 40s and 50s by the afternoon. As the low moves eastward a cold front will be racing south.

"The primary potential impacts for Sunday looks like damaging winds", meteorologists wrote in a forecast discussion. That will allow our temperatures to rise into the lower 70s, but it will also give the atmosphere an opportunity to recharge. A few tornadoes will be possible. Overnight, strong storms are possible, but this will technically be part of Sunday's forecast.

The main threat to our area still looks to be damaging winds up to 65 miles per hour but there is a chance we could see a few isolated tornadoes, especially west of the Mississippi River. Friday night will feature quite weather with high level clouds building into Saturday morning. Southeasterly winds are expected to be strong early in the morning, with gusts up to 90km/h.

We've had mostly sunny skies throughout the afternoon as temperatures warmed to around 80 degrees.

Once the front crosses the area, our skies will clear by Monday morning, giving way to slightly cooler temps. It appears that the greater risk of severe weather will remain well north of Southwest Louisiana, but we will still see an active line of showers and storms early Saturday. The higher elevations could reach 6 to 12 inches, with up to 18 inches possible in a few locations. "It's on the low end now, just because of uncertainty more so than the fact that they could or couldn't happen".

It will be important to remember that the chance for rain is very low.