Stormy weather approaching overnight – Chance of severe storms

The Weather Authority is closely monitoring the potential for powerful and severe storms overnight, which could impact Friday morning’s commute.

On Thursday afternoon, severe storms swept through Oklahoma due to a powerful cold front. This same front is expected to continue its path through the region on Friday.

There is a chance of isolated showers and storms in the evening on Thursday, primarily after 7 p.m., in northwest Alabama. If storms do form during this time, the main concerns will be gusty winds exceeding 50 mph and the possibility of hail.

The Tennessee Valley could face the greatest threat of strong to severe storms between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Here is an estimated timeline of when the most powerful storms are expected to arrive on Friday morning.

The forecast predicts that the line of storms will reach northwest Alabama by 3 a.m. By 5 a.m., the line is expected to move into the Huntsville metro area. As a result, the morning commute is likely to be affected. It is advisable to allocate ample time for your journey. Make sure you have our Live Alert 19 weather app installed on your device with your GPS location and alerts enabled.

The time of arrival will depend greatly on how the system progresses. If the system slows down, it will result in a later arrival time.

Main Impacts:

Isolated strong to severe storms may occur, with potential threats including strong winds exceeding 50 mph, heavy rainfall, and the possibility of a tornado. The area with the highest risk for tornado development is expected to be in northwest Alabama.

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Heavy rainfall will result in the accumulation of water on roads and the occurrence of localized flooding in areas with low elevation. Typically, the amount of rainfall will range from 1 to 2 inches. In certain areas where the most intense rain bands form, there might be isolated instances of even higher precipitation.

Make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather alerts in case of storms overnight or in the early morning hours. It’s crucial to have an alert system that can wake you up while you’re asleep.

Keep checking in with the Weather Authority for the latest updates on the storm threat!

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