Thursday night storm threat

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - We're keeping a close eye on a developing storm system to our west today.  Severe weather looks likely across Missouri and Arkansas where tornadoes are possible later this afternoon and evening.

We'll spend much of the day quiet with just an isolated shower or storm.  Our chances for storms won't pick up until after midnight tonight in most areas.

Even though tornadoes are possible to our west today, our primary concern will be for damaging wind gusts as the storms form a line and track into the area.  And given the time of arrival, storms will also likely be in a weakening phase as they arrive in north Alabama.  At this time, this does NOT look like a high impact severe weather event for us.  

Storms are not expected until after midnight tonight.  Right now the projected time of arrival is between 1 and 3am in NW Alabama, 3am-5am along the I-65 corridor including the Huntsville metro area, and between 5am and 7am in NE Alabama.  Keep in mind the storms that will affect us don't exist yet so these times could shift by a few hours.

The latest forecast from WAFF 48 Pinpoint Predictor shows the stronger storms in NW Alabama by 2am.

By 4am the strongest storms are lined up from Fayetteville, through Huntsville and Decatur, down into Cullman County.

By 6am the strongest storms will lie across portions of Jackson, DeKalb and Marshall Counties.

Check back with the WAFF 48 Storm Team throughout the day on-air, online at, on our mobile weather app and via social media for updates on the expected intensity and time of arrival of the strongest storms.

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