By Sam Poe
Friday, December 20, 2013 | 4:12 PM
The National Weather Service has updated the timeline for potential severe weather this weekend. Originally, our area was forecasted to receive the weather after midnight on Sunday morning. However, they are now predicting the weather could be in the area much sooner. Severe weather is forecasted to enter the western portion of Alabama around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. It should clear the Marion, Winston, and Franklin Counties area by around 4:00 a.m. Sunday.
There will be a squall line of storms that will be the main focus of this weather event; however, super cells ahead of the line cannot be ruled out. Those will also be very dangerous storms. The main threat in this weather event will be damaging straight line winds and tornadoes, but hail and flooding can not be ruled out. The photos above, provided by the National Weather Service, show the progressive timeline of the weather event through the state.
Please stay weather aware as you make your travel plans this weekend, and prepare your plan of safety now. Also, because of the time frame of the severe weather, make sure you have a reliable way to receive severe weather alerts during the night. (Weather radios make great, life-saving Christmas gifts!) When the severe weather begins, the Paradise 92.7 crew will be in the studio to bring your any watches and warnings as they are issued. Also, the Haleyville storm shelters will open if Winston County is placed under a TORNADO watch.