Tornadoes out west, what it means for us this weekend

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada and Sevier counties in Southwest Arkansas.

The NWS in Birmingham said via Twitter the three deaths in Alabama occurred in Pickens county, and that an "embedded tornado within a long line of intense thunderstorms" was the cause of the deaths.

Many people could be driving home from work between 2 and 4 p.m., she said, making the time period an especially bad one for severe weather. He said wind damage could be fairly widespread, and noted the Storm Prediction Center had expanded the moderate risk level to nearly all of Alabama Friday. The big change from Friday is that forecasters have removed the enhanced risk for parts of north and east-central Alabama and replaced it with a slight risk. Eastern Mississippi and Alabama are most at risk for tornadoes.

A good portion of the mountains is under a marginal risk (1 out of 5) for severe weather.

Mr Hemingway added: "We could see some very strong tornadoes - possibly those that may stay on the ground for some time - not just the brief spin-up tornadoes".

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Moderate to heavy snow will continue in the Intermountain West and in the Rockies through Monday, and the highest peaks of the Cascades could see over two feet of snow, per the NWS.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport estimated that a tornado, with about around 135 miles per hour (217 kph) winds, touched down in Bossier Parish. Wind damage is the primary threat.

A line of thunderstorms will move into Southeast Louisiana on Saturday morning.

Temperatures are forecast to be way above average today, with highs climbing into the 70s - even mid-70s in some areas - and dew points in the 60s. A First Alert Weather Day today for the afternoon and evening hours and right through early tomorrow morning. The exception will be for those in south Alabama, where some models suggest supercell development will still be possible. Dry air will arrive behind the front on Saturday which will provide low humidity values which means there will be an elevated threat of wildfire growth/spread that will develop across most of the Valley Saturday.

  • Sonia Alvarado