The overnight severe weather threat for March 5th/6th

The overnight severe weather threat for March 5th/6th
(Photo source: WDAM First Alert Weather Team)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Severe weather is back in the forecast for tonight and into tomorrow morning. The Storm Prediction Center has a section of our area under a Marginal Risk for severe weather. That is a one out of five, on the scale where five is the most severe threat.

What to expect:

Showers and thunderstorms will roll through the area tonight between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.The storms could produce heavy rain, gusty wind and small hail. The tornado threat is quite low, but isn't zero. This isn't going to be a widespread severe weather event, but a few storms may be severe, so please stay weather aware tonight.

We know that a lot of you choose to stay awake overnight during widespread severe weather events. Since this is not one of those events, you may choose to leave your phone on, with the ringer turned up, and your programmed NOAA Weather Radio active tonight.


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.

The WDAM First Alert Weather App: 

Take the same tools the WDAM First Alert Weather team uses with you anywhere you go. Download the WDAM First Alert Weather app today for real-time interactive radar, location-based severe weather alerts and a constantly updated forecast for wherever you are.

Plan your day with an hour-by-hour forecast tailored for home, work or anywhere on-the-go. Our WDAM First Alert Weather app can tell you if a storm near you has hail, strong winds or rotation.

Here are some more features of the WDAM First Alert Weather app:

  • Storm Tracks: See at a glance where a storm is and where it is headed
  • Multiple Alerts: Turn on alerts for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, tropical storms/hurricanes, winter storms and more
  • Live severe weather coverage: Watch our live stream for continuously updated information when severe weather strikes
  • Updated forecasts from the {weather team brand} forecast center
  • Weather pictures and video sent by people who live near you
  • A constantly updated 10-day forecast, so your weekend is always in view

The WDAM First Alert Weather App is free in the Android and Apple app stores, part of the WDAM First Alert commitment to help keep you safe.

Apple users can download the app here. Android users can download the app here.

If your home or community is damaged in the storms, contact your county's Emergency Management Agency here. 

Extra Forecast Details:

You can always find extra forecast details and a more in-depth look at the timeline on Nick's Blog. In fact, there is already a write-up on this storm system and event. If you want to know why this time is different than last time or you are curious about what goes into a severe weather forecast, that is the place to go. There is a lot of extra details and meteorological information to learn about on his blog.