Update as of 6:30 p.m. on 1/20/2017 – 2 rounds of severe weather possible for Elmore County this weekend January 21 -22, 2017.
Below is the updated Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the NWS and a couple of updated graphics issued by the NWS that describe the severe weather threats over the weekend. 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.
According to the National Weather Service WFO in Birmingham, there is an elevated threat for severe storms tomorrow morning (Saturday, January 20, 2017) for Elmore County and there is a lesser threat for severe storms early Sunday morning. The first round of severe weather will likely be moving into Central Alabama in the early morning hours Saturday (possibly 3:00 to 4:00 a.m.). This round of storms will be very fast moving and all modes of severe weather are possible to include hail, high winds and tornadoes. The NWS highlighted the potential for damages due to the high wind threat for this round of storms. This first round of storms will likely be out of our area by mid-day and much of the afternoon should be clear. The second round of severe weather will be possible after midnight Saturday night. However, there is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast for the severe threat Sunday morning and how much development of storm activity we may or may not have. At this time the primary threat that the NWS is mentioning for the second round of severe weather is a hail threat. This second round of severe weather is expected to be out of our area by mid-day Sunday. Please stay tuned to the forecast for Sunday as there may be changes to the threat of severe weather on Sunday.
336 PM CST FRI JAN 20 2017
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.
.DAY ONE…OUTLOOK THROUGH TONIGHT.
SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE
AREA LATE TONIGHT, GENERALLY AFTER 3 AM. THROUGH 6 AM, THE THREAT
AREA IS GENERALLY WEST OF A LINE FROM JASPER, TO WEST BLOCTON, TO
MARION, WITH THE HIGHEST THREAT SOUTH OF A LINE FROM WEST BLOCTON
TO GEIGER. THE PRIMARY THREAT WILL BE DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE
WINDS, BUT AN ISOLATED TORNADO IS ALSO POSSIBLE.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.
SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS ALL OF CENTRAL ALABAMA SATURDAY
MORNING THROUGH NOON, WITH THE HIGHEST THREAT SOUTH OF I-20. ALL
MODES OF SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE POSSIBLE INCLUDING LARGE HAIL,
DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES. THERE WILL LIKELY BE A LULL IN THE
ACTIVITY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, BUT IF ANY STORMS MANAGE TO DEVELOP,
THEY COULD BE SEVERE.
ANOTHER ROUND OF SEVERE STORMS IS POSSIBLE ACROSS ALL OF CENTRAL
ALABAMA SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING, GENERALLY FROM
MIDNIGHT TO 6AM, WITH THE GREATEST THREAT SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 85.
ALL MODES OF SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE POSSIBLE INCLUDING LARGE HAIL,
DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WILL BE
NEEDED TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING, AND POSSIBLY AGAIN EARLY