Alabama at risk for severe weather weekend


Strong winds from the NW and highs only in the low to mid 60s will make Sunday feel nearly winter-like!

Officials said they are in discussions over whether French Quarter Fest should be cancelled or altered on Saturday due to the storm.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has its own severe weather risk forecast for Saturday, and it differs some from the outlook from the Storm Prediction Center.

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"A Flash Flood Watch has already been issued for the entire area from 1 am Saturday morning to 1 am Sunday morning as we are expecting 2-4" + across the area.

As of Thursday, the biggest threat for the Charlotte area will be damaging winds.

Because it's been dry the last few days, flooding concerns are expected to stay on the low side. We could see cold showers in the Valley and snow flurries in the higher elevations.

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A strong cold front is sitting just to our west. This front could spark strong to severe storms across far Eastern Kansas and across Missouri.

Southerly winds 15-20 miles per hour with gusts to 25-30 miles per hour will occur ahead of a strong cold front, which will arrive overnight. Tonight will be partly cloudy with low temperatures in the lower to mid 50s. A brief period of light snow is possible early Sunday morning, mainly north of I-70, changing back to rain before ending by early afternoon.

By Friday, the system is expected to move across the middle Mississippi River Valley, particularly in Arkansas, with a high threat of severe storms.

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Spring-time storm systems are notoriously hard to predict and some changes to the forecast are likely including a possible increase or decrease in the risk of severe storms. Lows by Monday morning will drop into the 40s with 60s for highs early next week. By the technical definition, the wind and snow will combine for blizzard conditions late Friday into Saturday morning across a portion of Northern Kansas.