First Alert: Severe storms still possible Saturday night

First Alert: Severe storms still possible Saturday night
While rain will be possible most of Saturday, the threat for severe weather will hold off until late afternoon through the late evening hours.

PINE BELT (WDAM) - As a dying cold front sweeps through the area, there will be a chance for showers and storms Saturday afternoon and evening that could be strong or severe across the Pine Belt.

While rain will be possible most of Saturday, the threat for severe weather will hold off until late afternoon through the late evening hours.

What to expect:

Rain will be possible most of the day. So if you have plans to go to a parade, take the kids to any games or just have errands to run, you’ll likely run into a few showers here and there. Some of the rain could be accompanied by a few rumbles of thunder or even some small hail too. But the threat for strong to severe storms doesn’t look to arrive until after 5 p.m.

After 5 p.m. a line storms, that will be falling apart, will push through the area. Before the line totally falls apart, there will be a window of opportunity where storms may strengthen past severe limits.

The available data shows that the atmosphere will not be supportive for any kind of severe weather outbreak for our area. This is more of an event like Wednesday where a few storms may strengthen to become severe, but not every thunderstorm will be severe.

Threats:

In any of the severe storms that may develop, the atmosphere can support heavy rain, localized flooding, frequent lightning, wind gusts greater than 60 mph and small hail. While a tornado can’t be ruled out, that isn’t a main threat with storms on Saturday evening.

Also of note, while localized flooding is a concern, the threat for widespread flooding like we saw in December is looking unlikely.

Timing:

While the chance for rain will be an all-day threat. The threat for severe storms will only be between about 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Unknowns:

The only “major” unknown here is if any storms ahead of the line will be able to break through the inversion. If so, that would mean an increased threat for a tornado with any storm that developed.

However, because this is an unknown, the tornado threat will remain "low" in the official forecast.

More Info:

For more scientific information on this, and other, forecasts, you can get a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick’s Blog.

Preparations:

Have your NOAA Weather Radio programmed with fully-charged batteries available for it. If you must travel, make sure to check the weather conditions, watches, warnings and advisories before venturing out the door.

Review your Severe Weather Plan and know what you would do if a severe storm or tornado was near you. If you don't feel comfortable riding out a storm where you live, make a plan regarding when you would leave your home and where you would go. Also, download the WDAM Weather App so, if the power goes out, you still have access to live, streaming coverage of any updates about the weather.

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