The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has Elmore County in a Marginal threat area for severe weather today. According to the National Weather Service WFO in Birmingham, there is a limited threat for severe storms this afternoon and into this evening across all of Central Alabama. As we see a broad band of showers move through our area we could see an embedded isolated thunderstorm. A brief tornado & isolated damaging winds are possible. This is a low-end, marginal threat at this time. At this time, the greatest chance for severe weather today for Elmore County is late afternoon through midnight.
There is an elevated threat for severe storms beginning late Friday night and continuing into Sunday morning. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes appear possible. Multiple rounds of storms are possible over the weekend. The timing of each round is still uncertain. We will send out additional updates on the timing of this threat as we receive them from the NWS.
Below is the Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the NWS and a couple of graphics issued by the NWS that describe the severe weather threat over the next few days. Stay tuned for additional updates and please watch our website at www.elmorecoema.com and social media posts for all updates regarding updated weather information, road closures, and other hazards, etc.
“451 AM CST THU JAN 19 2017
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.
.DAY ONE…OUTLOOK THROUGH TONIGHT.
AREAS OF DENSE FOG ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN COUNTIES THROUGH 9 AM.
THERE IS A LIMITED THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND A BRIEF TORNADO
ACROSS ALL OF CENTRAL ALABAMA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE
THREAT COULD BEGIN IN WEST ALABAMA AS EARLY AS 2 PM AND CONTINUE
THROUGH MIDNIGHT ACROSS EAST ALABAMA.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.
FOR THE PERIOD FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING, THERE IS A
THREAT FOR LARGE HAIL, DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES ACROSS ALL OF
CENTRAL ALABAMA. AT THIS TIME THE GREATEST CHANCE FOR SEVERE
WEATHER APPEARS TO BE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.
THERE COULD BE MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF STORMS, AND TIMING IS STILL
UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MAY BE
NEEDED AT TIMES TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY.”