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BLOG: Severe storms "likely" Wednesday morning

Mickey Ferguson outlines Wednesday's severe weather threat. (WBRC video) Mickey Ferguson outlines Wednesday's severe weather threat. (WBRC video)

The following is excerpts of a post Monday morning on the FOX6 Weather blog from FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice:

If you've watched Fox 6 News lately, you know we've been discussing the possibility of severe storms Wednesday for some time now.  It looks like stormy weather is still likely during the early morning hours.

This is a rather potent system with lots of upper-level support for severe storms.  Ahead of the system, we're looking a good stream of moisture and warm air.  

For example, temperatures this afternoon will reach the mid 60s and by tomorrow we'll see highs in the lower 70s.  I expect dewpoint temperatures to reach the lower 60s Tuesday night helping set the stage for a rather vigorous weather event.

Here are the details I have now based on the forecast model data.

Timing: Expect a line of severe storms to move out of Mississippi and into Alabama around 3am Wednesday morning.  The storms should be crossing I-65 between 7-9am and exiting the state by 11am.  Since this will begin as an overnight event, please make sure your weather radio is working or you have some other reliable method of receiving warnings.

Severe threat: The main threat with these storms is damaging winds.  The environment is favoring a line of storms with a small threat for isolated tornadoes both within the line and ahead of the line.  Just because we're not expecting a tornado outbreak it does not mean to take this system lightly.  In many cases, severe thunderstorm winds result in more damage than small tornadoes.

Location: It appears just like in many of these events - the greatest threat will be Birmingham westward.  The storm system should lose some of its punch east of I-65. 


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