The National Weather Service is looking at Thursday as the day to watch. Damaging winds, tornadoes, hail and heavy rain will all be possible as storms move in ahead of a cold front.
Damaging winds are the biggest concern with Thursday’s storms, although tornadoes can’t be ruled out at this point, according to forecasters.
This round of storms could affect Alabama just over a week after 2023′s first severe outbreak, which resulted in 14 tornadoes hitting parts of central and north Alabama on Jan. 3 and 4.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has added a risk of severe weather for a large part of Alabama to its Day 4 severe weather outlook, which falls on Thursday.
The most likely time for storms appears to be Thursday afternoon. However, rain and storms could begin to affect the state by Wednesday night, according to the weather service.
The main threat for storms should come on Thursday. Forecasters think the most likely scenario is storms forming into a squall line ahead or along the cold front and pushing from west to east across the state.
Storms should come to an end later on Thursday, and cooler and drier weather is in the forecast for Friday and into the weekend, according to the weather service.