FIRST ALERT: The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe potential for much of the WSFA viewing area tonight. A MODERATE risk for severe storms is now in place for much of the area beginning as early as 8 tonight and lasting until 8 AM Sunday. This round of storms has the strong likelihood of being MORE POTENT than what we saw last night/this morning. Potential hazards include strong tornadoes, damaging winds up to 70 MPH, and golf ball sized hail.
Although some uncertainty remains,the potential exists for some strong tornadoes along and south of a line spanning from Butler-Selma-Prattville-Auburn. As we are in the middle of a lull in activity, I urge you to PREPARE NOW for this nighttime event. The latest update from the Storm Prediction Center has a 15% "hatched" region over much of the WSFA viewing area. The "hatched" zone means this area has an increased potential for strong tornadoes (EF-2 or greater). A 15% "hatched" zone is very alarming and should be taken very seriously.
The low level jet will re-intensify tonight as a new batch of shortwave energy moves into the state. Due to clearing skies this afternoon, our atmosphere is getting primed and ready for an active night as instability and wind shear values looks to be high enough for super-cell storms.
Tonight will have a greater impact that the round of storms we dealt with this morning due to a more unstable and sheared setting. So remain weather aware as we head into another active overnight setting. Make sure you have multiple methods of receiving weather updates. A few reliable sources are a NOAA Weather Radio, the WSFA First Alert Weather App, and you can always text your county name to 4-12-12 to receive text updates. During times of severe weather the best thing you can do is to prepare ahead of the storms and remain informed and abreast of the latest forecasts.
VERNON TURNER, WSFA FIRST ALERT METEOROLOGIST