Officials in NO are weather aware of the possibility of strong storms


Officials in NO are weather aware of the possibility of strong storms

Strong winds will develop today and last through Sunday, with showers and thunderstorms today, a wintry mix and icy conditions on Saturday, and accumulating snow through Sunday.

The weekend's wind gusts are expected to blow through the week, but rain chances will evaporate. Strong winds aloft translating to the surface in downdrafts will bring the potential of damaging winds - hard to say if this will be sporadic or fairly widespread. Some of the storms can become severe. Severe weather will be possible in the afternoon and evening as a strong upper level low pressure system swings through Texoma.

Rainfall amounts will range from a trace to a quarter of an inch, with isolated spots east of Austin seeing up to a half an inch. On Saturday, highs will be in the upper 70s but by Sunday, highs will only be around 60. In fact, the heaviest rain falls through the day Sunday.

A line of thunderstorms will move in to western Southwest Georgia Sunday morning, continuing to move east throughout the morning into the afternoon.

Monday and Tuesday will be cooler with wind and rain, but from there on in, things are going to improve considerably. I still believe the threat is greatest in South Alabama, but we can not rule out any possibility even for the central part of the state.

A spring-like weekend will close with a risk for strong to severe storms late Sunday as a strong cold front swings through the Cape Fear Region. Highs will drop back middle 70s for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Storms will also produce brief, torrential rain and possibly hail up to about the size of quarters. Daytime highs Monday and Tuesday will likely be in the 60s to near 70.

Impacts: A severe storm is possible at any point Saturday, but the risk of severe weather looks to be highest after 12PM.