Posted at 2:45 p.m. on 4/2/17 : The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham has Elmore County listed in a Moderate Risk area for severe weather tomorrow (April 3rd). According to the NWS, a strong upper level storm system will bring a threat of severe storms to central Alabama on Monday. The primary time frame for severe weather for Elmore County is from around 10:00 a.m. to around 2:00 p.m. The primary threat will be associated with a line of storms moving from west to east across the state. There may be a few storms develop out ahead of the main line of storms. The threats include damaging winds, tornadoes, to include strong tornadoes (EF2 strength and greater) and quarter size hail. Below you will find a graphic issued by the NWS that shows both the threats associated with this system and the approximate timing that the severe weather threat will impact areas across the state. Also below is the updated Hazardous Weather Outlook issued a short time ago by the NWS.
This is a serious threat and you need to make sure that you have your severe weather plans in place to activate at a the issuance of a Warning tomorrow.
We will be sending out additional updates either later tonight or first thing tomorrow morning, depending on any significant changes or updates in the forecast.
We will be monitoring this system very closely and we will activate the Emergency Operations Center upon the issuance of a Tornado Watch.
Hazardous Weather Outlook-
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
151 PM CDT Sun Apr 2 2017
151 PM CDT Sun Apr 2 2017
This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the National Weather Service office in Birmingham.
.DAY ONE…Outlook Through Tonight.
There is a threat of severe thunderstorms late tonight, mainly after
5 AM, across the far west counties, generally west of a line from Demopolis to Tuscaloosa to Jasper. The threats include damaging straight line winds up to 60 mph and brief tornadoes. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Monday through Saturday.
A threat of severe thunderstorms will continue through 2 PM Monday, including damaging straight line winds up to 70 mph, tornadoes, and large hail. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible. The best chance for severe storms is south of a line from Linden to Selma to Lafayette, where strong tornadoes are possible.
There is also a threat of severe thunderstorms Wednesday and Wednesday evening. The threats include damaging straight line winds, large hail, and tornadoes.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
Activation of storm spotters and Emergency Managers may be needed late tonight, Monday, and again on Wednesday.