Severe weather threat leads to early school dismissals

Apr 06, 2017, 02:27

The National Weather Service office in Birmingham issued the watch at 8:35 a.m. today on top of an existing hazardous weather outlook issued at 5:05 a.m.

Storms in the overnight hours and Thursday morning - particularly south of Washington, may include damaging winds, frequent lightning, large hail, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

The State of Emergency will be effective at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening and will remain in effect until the threat diminishes.

Thunderstorms may begin to break out over the area as early as Wednesday morning. "If we go into a tornado watch, the shelters will immediately open across the county".

Jefferson County, St. Clair County, and Trussville City schools along with numerous other school systems across the state are all closed on Wednesday due to the threat of severe weather. Fifty National Guard soldiers will also be deployed in the state. North wind around 6 miles per hour.

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Spann said the system making its way through Alabama on Wednesday will have the "making for a "powder keg" situation by afternoon".

"It's the second wave that causes the most concern". A later threat timeframe would mean a higher risk of severe storms, but an earlier arrival would mean a weakened severe threat.

Round three is expected to come in the evening with storms developing through 9 p.m.

Saturday.Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 70s. "I'd definitely pay attention to weather conditions". A few individual storms in Alabama to the Chattahoochee River Valley developed into stronger storms and "supercells", mainly moving east-northeast. A planned siren test has been canceled.

In Georgia, National Weather Service meteorologist Laura Belanger said about 75% of the state could experience severe weather beginning at daybreak and see it increase after 2pm. "These wind shears allow whole storms to spin, making it easier for tornadoes to form".

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