6:47AM November 20, 2023

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT INTO TUESDAY; HAVE A WAY TO HEAR WARNINGS TONIGHT… Severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, and heavy downpours of rain will be possible across south Alabama and northwest Florida tonight, extending into Tuesday morning. We encourage everyone to be able to get warnings tonight before you go to sleep. This severe weather setup marks our first severe weather risk since June. It has been quite some time since our area has had a potential for tornadoes. While the overall severe weather risk locally is a bit lower than communities to our west in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana, the risk is NOT zero. Be able to hear warnings and join us in live coverage if we have tornado warnings locally. Beneficial rainfall of 1 to 2 inches in total is expected over the next 36 hours.

SEVERE WEATHER TIMING – OVERNIGHT INTO TUESDAY… 1AM to 1PM Tuesday is the 12 hour window when strong to severe thunderstorms are most likely to happen across south Alabama and northwest Florida. As always, if tornado warnings are needed for southwest Alabama or northwest Florida, we will “go live” and stay live until the threat is over. Join us in live video coverage if a tornado warning is needed for your specific location.

INCREASING CLOUDINESS & A FEW SHOWERS TODAY… Cloud coverage will increase throughout the day on this Monday. High temperatures will be in the mid-70s today. A few isolated showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms may happen this afternoon into this evening across the region. The severe weather risk will likely ramp up tonight, probably well after sunset.

MAIN CONCERNS THRU TUESDAY: TORNADOES & DAMAGING WIND GUSTS… Our local area is involved in the Level 2 (out of 5) severe weather risk zone (west Alabama) and the lower-end, Level 1 (out of 5) risk for the eastern half of our local area. This means that the overall severe weather risk will be just a bit higher in Mobile, Washington, Choctaw, Marengo, Clarke, and Baldwin counties compared to counties farther to the east. The main hazard concern tonight into Tuesday will be the potential for a few tornadoes. Damaging wind gusts up to 60-70 mph will also be possible in the stronger storms.

MOSTLY CLOUDY WEDNESDAY… Skies will be mostly cloudy on Wednesday with high temperatures in the 60s across the region. Rain chances will remain quite low, but perhaps not completely zero. We are not expecting severe weather issues on Wednesday across Alabama or northwest Florida.

FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLE ON THANKSGIVING DAY… After our severe weather risk overnight into tomorrow, the remainder of the week will likely feature less active weather. Showers may be possible at times on Thanksgiving Day, particularly in the afternoon and evening hours. Rain chances have trended upward as an area of low pressure is expected to push by to our south in the northern Gulf. High temperatures on Thanksgiving Day will be in the upper-50s.

IRON BOWL FORECAST… If you’re headed to Auburn for the Iron Bowl as the Alabama Crimson Tide takes on the Auburn Tigers, expect a chilly day with high temperatures only near 60 degrees. Game time temperatures will start in the upper-50s and near 60 and quickly fall into the upper-40s and low-50s by the end of the game. Mostly cloudy skies are expected on Saturday in Auburn.

TORNADO WARNING POLICY… Any time there is an active tornado warning in effect for southwest Alabama or northwest Florida, we provide uninterrupted, live video coverage on Facebook Live and in the RedZone Weather app. Our detailed coverage commitment is outlined at redzoneweather.com/coverage. We are proud to cover all parts of Escambia (AL), Covington, Monroe, Conecuh, Baldwin, Mobile, Clarke, Washington, Butler, Escambia (FL), Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties. If you live in any locale in those counties, be sure to tune into our coverage whenever there is an active tornado warning!

APP ALERTS… Many updates will be posted throughout the day in the RedZone Weather app. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner) and tap the large, yellow “Alert Settings” button to customize the alerts you’d like to receive from me. If you like a lot of info, be sure to toggle ON Low-Level Alerts.

I will have MANY more updates later today and into tonight in the RedZone Weather app. Join me in live video coverage if tornado warnings are needed locally. Have a nice Monday!

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