Heavy rain likely, severe storms possible Saturday

Randolph Lopez
April 13, 2018

The combination of warm, humid air in place, strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere and the strong cold front will lead to a risk of isolated severe storms with a primary risk of wind gusts to 60 miles per hour. This is a step higher than the past couple of storm systems that have come through our area, and indicated a more widespread severe weather threat.

What to expect Saturday: Showers and storms move into Northwest Alabama between 4 AM and 7 AM, then they spread east through Huntsville to Northeast Alabama by late morning.

During a severe storm, particularly in the spring and summer months, it's not uncommon for households to lose electricity, heat or water for a period of time.

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A few of these storms could become supercells with the threat for baseball size hail, damaging winds, and possibly, a few tornadoes, according to a National Weather Service report. High temperatures may approach the lower 80s under sunny skies.

A good way to stay ahead of severe weather is by downloading the free KPLC weather app and setting up notifications to receive audible severe weather alerts while you are sleeping. Highs may not get much above the 40 degree mark. Rain and storms will continue through the night and early Sunday. Rainfall accumulation forecasts are expected to range between.25-inches to.75-inches in the heaviest downpours. Once the sun sets close to 8 PM the severe threat decreases, but we could still see strong thunderstorms in the area until just after 11 PM Friday night. Temperatures will be falling through the 60s, and bottom out overnight in the middle and low 50. They said there also is a chance of an isolated tornado, although at this time that chance appears low.

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