ANOTHER ROUND OF SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND… Isolated tornadoes and damaging straight line winds will again be a concern during the upcoming weekend (Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10) as a potent storm system sets up across much of the southern U.S. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a very large area of their Level 2 “slight risk” zone with further refinements expected over the next few days as we get closer to this event. Much of Alabama, northwest Florida, and all of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas are included in this risk zone.
TOO EARLY TO KNOW SPECIFICS… There have been some model disagreements about the specifics of the setup, but seeing this large Level 2 risk five days out is concerning. The greater dynamics of the system may set up to the west of Alabama and northwest Florida on Saturday, but it’s just too early to know that with certainty. It’s important to keep the perspective of this event in the grand scheme of our weather throughout the year: This is pretty typical for a setup in the spring months in the Deep South when we expect storm systems to produce severe weather. Be sure to check back with me over the next few days as we continue to monitor this setup.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE… We are so blessed these days with ample lead time ahead of severe weather events (unlike what the national media would have us think!). Now is the time to prepare for severe weather season. Have that severe weather safety kit prepped and know where you would go and what you would do if a tornado warning is required for your area. If you missed my post last evening about the power of protecting your head with a helmet cooking pot, please read it here.
APP ALERTS… Thank you so much to everyone who has set up your customized alerts in our free RedZone Weather app. redzoneweather.com/app is the link where you can download the free app. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to tap the Alerts tab and toggle ON the alerts you’d like to get from me.
More details about this severe weather risk will be available in the days ahead. Be sure to check back with me! Have a great afternoon.