Severe weather could affect county over weekend

Published 3:45 pm Friday, November 21, 2014

Chilton County could see severe weather over the weekend.

“There is a severe weather threat for Chilton County on Sunday,” meteorologist Holly Allen with the National Weather Service said Friday afternoon. “The greatest threat for severe weather in Chilton County will probably be between 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.”

The storms expected to hit the county could include damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain.

“There is a storm system moving out of the plains right now and hitting the warm gulf air so there is going to be a warm unstable air mass,” Allen said. “We are expecting warm air to make its way just south of Interstate 20, which will put Chilton County in that area.”

Allen encouraged residents to remain weather aware during much of the day on Sunday, even though the storms will most likely not last all day.

“Right now we are giving a broad time frame with the uncertainties of how this system is going to develop,” Allen said.

Allen said November and December are considered “secondary” months for severe weather, and it is not unusual to see severe weather hitting portions of the country during this time.

After the storms on Sunday, Monday’s forecast includes plenty of sunshine during the day with highs in the mid-60s.

A cold front comes through Tuesday and Wednesday with cooler air and highs in the 50s and overnight lows around freezing, Allen said.

Residents can stay alert of weather threats through severe weather apps for smart phones and weather radios.

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