Tracking possible severe weather Sunday in the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Strong storms are possible across the Wiregrass Sunday afternoon through Sunday night.

A potent low pressure system will develop near Mobile and race northeast, dragging a strong cold front across the region.  Ahead of that low pressure, a warm front will lift northward from the coast, drawing in warm, moist air.  But, the window for that scenario to happen will be short-lived and the quality of the airmass will be in question. Instability is the limiting factor. 

Strong mid and upper level winds could briefly cause storms to grow severe, and an analysis of the atmosphere suggests if a storm grows severe it could produce damaging winds. A low-end risk of a tornado also exists.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

*Possible damaging winds in some of the thunderstorms, especially late in the day.

*An isolated tornado may occur

*Heavy rain is likely in parts of the area

Widespread severe weather is not expected. The greatest risk of severe may lie across the Florida panhandle counties into southwest Georgia. All of the Tri-State area has a marginal risk of severe storms during this period. That’s the lowest threat level issued by the Storm Prediction Center. A portion of the area may see an upgrade in the threat level in future updates.

TIMING:

The greatest chance of severe storms will come from 4pm Sunday through 1am Monday morning.

THE FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM:

Be sure to download the WDHN Weather App for the latest information.

Chief Meteorologist Ted King and the WDHN First Alert STORM TEAM will be watching the weather closely. Expect updates as needed on WDHN News.

COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON:

After the front, the coldest air of the season will move in Monday through Wednesday. In fact, sub-freezing temperatures are likely to move into the region Monday night. High temperatures will never reach 50 degrees Tuesday.

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