PELL CITY -- According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Talladega and St. Clair counties are under a risk for severe weather Saturday.
The NWS on Friday afternoon placed both counties under an enhanced risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. The NWS said the most likely time frame for the area to see inclement weather was 2 to 9 p.m., and tornadoes and damaging winds up to 60 mph were possible.
“Although there remains much uncertainty in terms of the approaching severe weather threat on Saturday, we've gone ahead and placed much of central Alabama within an Enhanced Risk of severe storms beginning around (noon) Saturday in the west and lasting possibly through 1 a.m. in the east,” the NWS said in a note that accompanied a forecast graphic.
NWS meteorologist Meredith Wyatt said all of central Alabama should see strong winds and rain. She said while St. Clair and Talladega counties may see 1-2 inches of rain, west Alabama counties could see as much as 2-4 inches.
The NWS said the time frame for severe weather would likely be noon to 4 p.m. in the western part of the state and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in areas in the eastern part of the state.