Keep an eye on the weather tonight — especially in western Alabama.
There will be the risk of a few strong storms, according to forecasters, and a tornado watch is now in effect for part of the state. It will be in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday:
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee until 1 AM CST pic.twitter.com/nOKU8Ad3Gk
— NWS Tornado (@NWStornado) January 25, 2021
The Storm Prediction Center on Monday night again expanded the severe weather risk for parts of Alabama. Now more of north and central Alabama has a slight risk, and there is a marginal risk that covers more of central Alabama and parts of southern Alabama.
Some of the cities in the slight risk area are Huntsville, Decatur, Muscle Shoals, Florence, Hamilton and Cullman. Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Gadsden have been included in this area as of the latest update just before 7 p.m.
A slight risk is Level 2 out of 5 and means scattered severe storms will be possible. A marginal risk is Level 1 out of 5 and means isolated severe storms will be possible.
Some of the cities in the marginal risk area are Montgomery, Auburn and Talladega.
Storms will be possible during the overnight hours, so the weather service urged Alabamians to have multiple ways to receive severe weather information — including warnings — overnight.
The Storm Prediction Center and the National Weather Service said stronger storms could bring isolated tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and maybe some hail up to the size of quarters.
The weather service will be watching a cold front that is expected to move into Alabama later today.
The front combined with above-average temperatures today could spawn a few storms, and a few of those could approach severe limits.
Forecasters expect storms to form ahead of the front later this evening an into the overnight hours.
As of 6 p.m. storms were moving across parts of western and central Alabama, and more were expected to move in from the north and west later tonight.
Here’s what north Alabama forecasters are thinking:
2:50pm Isolated strong to severe storms are possible tonight.
⚠️ Primary threats: Damaging winds & hail but a tornado can’t be ruled out.
⏰ W of I-65: 6pm-10pm
E of I-65: 8pm-Midnight
📍 North AL & S. Middle TN
👉 Have more than 1 way to receive a warning#HUNwx pic.twitter.com/2vZPBPHxf2
— NWS Huntsville (@NWSHuntsville) January 25, 2021
The weather service in Birmingham has also introduced a marginal risk for parts of north-central Alabama from 7 p.m. until around 2 a.m.:
So far there isn’t an organized severe weather risk for south Alabama today, however, the SPC has added a marginal risk for south Alabama for Tuesday:
There have already been a few strong storms early this morning, and the National Weather Service in Huntsville, which issued several severe thunderstorms warnings overnight for areas along the Tennessee line.