First Alert: Severe weather still possible Saturday

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PINE BELT (WDAM) - The Storm Prediction Center continues to highlight our area with an Enhanced Risk for severe weather for Saturday morning. That is a 3-out-of-5 on the 1-to-5 scale where 5 is the highest risk.

As a cold front moves through the area, a line of storms on the leading edge of the front will spark off showers and storms, some severe, capable of heavy rain, gusty wind, hail and producing a tornado or two.

What to expect:

Friday night and through Saturday around 2 p.m., there will be showers and storms moving through the area. Fright night from 7 p.m. through 7 a.m. Saturday, those storms will move from south to north. Starting at 7 a.m, through 2 p.m., storms from the west will move through the area from west to east.

The storms Saturday morning will be along the front that will move through the area. Ahead of the line, individual isolated storms may also develop. Within some of the strongest storms there will be a chance for heavy rain, frequent lightning, wind gusts up to 70 mph, hail up to the size of quarters and the possibility for a tornado.

Not everyone will see severe weather, but nearly everyone will see, at least, a strong thunderstorm with heavy rain, frequent lightning, wind gusts up to 40 mph and the potential for some small hail.

Threats:

As the storms move through the area, the main concern is for heavy rain, frequent lightning, wind gusts up to 70 mph and hail up to the size of quarters. There is also a concern for a tornado or two. And, given the environment, the potential threat for stronger than EF-2 tornadoes if storms ahead of the line can develop.

Timing:

Rain and storms will begin as early as Friday afternoon and evening, but the threat for severe weather will likely hold off until early Saturday morning and last through midday on Saturday. The timeline for severe weather is between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Unknowns:

We are still trying to figure out if the line of storms will survive the trip across the Pine Belt. There is a chance the storms will fall apart as they pass through the area. On top of that, we are still trying to figure out Where the strongest storms will be.

More Info

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

Preparations:

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