FIRST ALERT: A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for Saturday. Severe weather looks to threaten the WSFA viewing area Saturday as early as 3 AM. We have declared a WSFA First Alert Weather Day in order to give you the most advance warning possible. This gives you time to plan ahead, change plans if necessary - and ensure you are adequately prepared.
Scattered showers/storms will impact mainly southeast Alabama this evening. Most will continue to see a calm and mild setting tonight as skies remain mostly cloudy. Overnight lows will remain mild in the low 60s. But as we move into early Saturday morning, that's where activity looks to ramp up. We could see storms enter southwest Alabama as early as 3 AM Saturday. Activity will move northeast through the morning.
Given our dynamics all hazards of severe weather are at play including tornadoes, damaging straight-lined winds up to 70 MPH, and up to golf ball sized hail. The window for severe weather will extend from 3 AM Saturday to about noon. Skies will clear some during the afternoon as temperatures max in the low to mid 70s. We'll enter a brief lull period Saturday afternoon.
Clouds will break apart and allow for a few rays of sunshine to poke through. Highs will max in the mid 70s. This however is not the best thing in regards to our stormy setup. Sunshine and heating through the afternoon Saturday could lead to a 3rd round of storms late Saturday night through noon Sunday. So I urge you to have multiple ways to receive weather updates as we enter a potentially stormy setup. A few good sources are a NOAA Weather Radio, the WSFA First Alert Weather, and you can always text your county name to 4-12-12.
VERNON TURNER, WSFA FIRST ALERT METEOROLOGIST