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Severe Weather Possible Friday

Strong Thunderstorms Midday Into The Afternoon
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 3:11 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - A very dynamic atmosphere will set-up across the Wiregrass and much of the South on Friday, leading to an outbreak of severe weather. The entire Florida Panhandle and state of Alabama are under a Slight Risk from the Storm Prediction Center, with an Enhanced Risk (threat level 3 of 5) for parts of the area.

SPC Outlook, Friday
SPC Outlook, Friday(WTVY)

Thunderstorms will move into the western Wiregrass area, including Covington County, just before noon, perhaps reaching the Dothan area around 2 pm or so, exiting our Southwest Georgia counties a couple hours later. This timing is still subject to change by an hour or so. A powerful low-level jet stream, or core of winds from the south around 4,500′, combined with enough instability in the atmosphere should result in multiple rotating storms. I would be surprised if we DON’T see at least a couple isolated tornadoes in the Wiregrass, with the tornado threat extending all the way northward through Alabama and into Middle Tennessee. There is also a threat of damaging straight-line winds.

Projected Radar, Noon Friday
Projected Radar, Noon Friday(WTVY)
Projected Radar, 2 pm Friday
Projected Radar, 2 pm Friday(WTVY)
Projected Radar, 4 pm Friday
Projected Radar, 4 pm Friday(WTVY)

Be weather-away Friday, especially for the midday period into the afternoon. Have multiple ways to get weather warnings and tune to WTVY-TV and WRGX-TV for live coverage, as needed. We’ll also be streaming at wtvy.com., on the 4Warn Weather App and the News4 App. -David

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