MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – We spring forward Sunday morning, and in true spring fashion, we have a threat for severe weather that will impact the News 5 viewing area on Sunday. There is a threat for potential large hail and damaging winds.
UPDATE 11:15pm Sunday: Scattered showers and a few storms are still passing through the region, but the severe threat has dwindled. The cold front has sunk south supplying drier, cooler air and weakening any leftover activity. Showers with some rumbles of thunder will linger into the overnight hours.
THE SETUP: A cold front is approaching the region from the northwest. Scattered cloud cover lingers for Saturday night into Sunday morning. Between 7 and 8 Sunday morning, showers and storms ahead of the main line will start to push into our northern communities. These will likely stay north of Mobile and Baldwin counties, but a few showers will be possible for our coastal counties.
The bulk of the strong to severe storms come in the afternoon. A batch of isolated storms ahead of the cold front will being to develop around 1 to 3 p.m. in our northwestern communities and push towards the south-southeast throughout the afternoon. Model guidance shows these storms forming into a broken line of showers and storms throughout the evening. Behind this broken line, a weak line of showers and storms ahead of the cold front will push through the area and will exit between 10 and 11 Sunday night.
The main threat with these storms are damaging winds and hail, but a brief tornado can not be ruled out.
Damaging winds up to 60-70 mph will be possible. We did have a significant threat for larger hail up to 2 inches in diameter, but this has since been dropped. Either way, some hail reaching up to 1 inch could still be possible.
In addition to the threat for severe weather, there will be a HIGH risk for rip currents along the Gulf beaches, so be sure to stay out of the water! The risk will drop heading into Tuesday.
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