By Sam Poe
Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 4:12 PM
There will be a threat for severe storms across all of Central Alabama as a strong storm system approaches from the west. A squall line is expected to form ahead of a cold front and move into NW portions of Central Alabama late Saturday evening. As the front moves eastward through the state, the best chance of severe storms will exist in the red highlighted region from midnight to 6 am Sunday. However, areas outside the shaded red area will still have a chance for severe storms through early Sunday afternoon, but the storms are expected to gradually weaken with time as they move eastward. The main hazards across all of Central Alabama will be damaging straight- line winds and isolated tornadoes. Confidence is increasing on the timing of this system, but the strength of the squall line and possible supercells developing ahead of the line are still in question.
Haleyville Mayor, Ken Sunseri, stated the City of Haleyville is making preparations for this weather event. He reminds the community that you should be making your preparations for this severe weather now. Know your safety plan for your family and any visitors who might be at your home for holiday festivities, and make travel plans accordingly if you plan to go out of town. Also, remember that you will not be able to purchase gasoline from our local stations if they lose power. If you plan to travel this weekend, it would be best to fill your car up Friday or early Saturday, just in case. Also, the community storm shelters will open if Winston County is placed under a TORNADO watch. As more details become available, we will bring them to you here and on Paradise 92.7. Check back often!
Weather information and photo is courtesy of the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
To view the Friday afternoon National Weather Service Briefing, [CLICK HERE].