Tornado watch issued for western Ala. counties until 1 a.m.
Most of Alabama is under a slight risk for severe weather overnight Thursday. Source: WBRC
Alabama could see the first storms around 9 p.m. Thursday. Source: WBRC
The strongest storms will exit Alabama between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Source: WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
The FOX6 StormWarn team is still monitoring a slight risk for severe weather as a line of storms approaches Alabama from the west tonight.
The NWS has issued a tornado watch for the following western Alabama counties until 1 a.m.: Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Bibb and Perry.
At 2:42 p.m., the system was roughly 190 miles from the Mississippi-line. There are areas in Mississippi that are under a severe thunderstorm watch and a tornado warning.
That same system is expected to enter Alabama between 8 and 9 p.m. Cities in a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Cullman could see those storms between 10 p.m. and midnight. After midnight, those storms could weaken as they move through east Alabama.
Cities in Etowah and Calhoun counties could still see strong thunderstorms.
The main threat overnight will be straight line damaging winds. J-P Dice says some of the thunderstorms could produce winds of up to 60 mph.
Friday, we will see temperatures dip into the upper 50s and lower 60s.
Stay weather aware tonight and watch FOX6 News at 5, 5:30, 6, 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m. for the latest updates on the threat of severe weather. A live stream of our newscast is available at www.FoxAlabamaLive.com and in the the WBRC News and Weather apps.