NWS weather graphic

A graphic from the National Weather Service showing the risk of severe storms tonight.

The Calhoun County area has a marginal to slight chance of strong winds and quarter-sized hail tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service at 11 a.m. today issued a hazardous weather outlook for central Alabama warning that a few brief tornadoes are possible. Areas north of Interstate 59 are at a higher threat level, according to the service.

Weather Service meteorologist Tara Goggins said forecasters expect any tornadoes that form to be weaker, at an EF-0 or EF-1 level. Researchers rated the March 19 tornado that struck Jacksonville as an EF-3.

Goggins said Calhoun County residents should see the line of storms between midnight and 3 a.m. Meteorologists expect the storms to weaken as they travel across the state. Cleburne County, for example, is within the marginal risk area.

Goggins advised residents to have multiple forms of weather alerts.

“Try to have one that is going to wake you up,” she said.

Forecasters expect the storms to bring in colder weather Wednesday and Thursday, with some areas experience at- or below-freezing temperatures. Anniston is forecast to have a low of 34 on Wednesday night.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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