According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Birmingham, Central Alabama will likely see two (2) rounds of severe weather today and into tonight (1-2-17 through 1-3-17). Round 1 will be thunderstorm activity that will likely develop ahead of the main front and move through during the noon to 8:00 p.m. timeframe. Elmore County is under a limited risk for severe thunderstorms during this timeframe. Round 2 will be associated with the main front as it moves through as a squall line or a broken squall line. The southern portions of Elmore County are located in an Enhanced risk for severe weather for this second round of thunderstorm activity. An enhanced risk will be possible along and south of a line from Demopolis to Montgomery just north of Auburn initially from around noon to 8 PM shifting to along and southeast of a Selma to just north of Auburn line from around 8 PM to 3 AM. The threats with both rounds of severe weather will consist of possible tornadoes, damaging winds up to 60 MPH, and large hail.
Below is a graphic from the NWS Office in Birmingham that outlines the type of severe weather threat and timing of those threats for our area in Central Alabama.
We will continue to monitor this system closely and will activate the Emergency Operations Center upon the issuance of a Tornado Watch. We will post updates should the forecast change. Please feel free to visit our website at www.elmorecoema.com to keep up with the latest information posted by us or visiting the NWS website through ours.