What is a First Alert Weather Day?

What is a First Alert Weather Day?

WAFF is your First Alert Station, and that is no more evident than in our weather coverage.

Protecting you and your family is our main concern when it comes to the sometimes volatile conditions in the Tennessee Valley.

The First Alert Storm Trackers want to give you advance notice when we see conditions that could be dangerous or life-threatening.

That's the driving focus behind First Alert Weather Day.

We may declare a First Alert Weather Day when any of the following weather hazards appear likely:

  • Strong to severe storms, which could include damaging hail, dangerous lightning and destructive tornadoes
  • Heavy rains which could cause flooding conditions
  • Extreme heat
  • Extreme cold
  • High fire danger

In short, if threatening conditions are possible in the WAFF viewing area, we will declare a First Alert Weather Day in order to give you the most advance warning possible - even before a watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

This gives you time to plan ahead, change plans if necessary - and ensure you are adequately prepared.

We'll make sure you know it's a First Alert Weather Day on-air, online and on mobile:

  • You'll see our profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter change from our normal icon to a special, red First Alert Weather Day icon.
  • You'll see a First Alert Weather Day story on WAFF.com, which will also be sent as an alert on your 48 News Mobile App and as a text message if you subscribe to our breaking news alert message. We'll also link you to this story on social media.
  • At the top of every hour, you'll see a red First Alert Weather Day notice on WAFF 48's broadcasts.
  • Our newscasts will open with a special announcement stating a First Alert Weather Day has been declared, and you will see additional special graphics throughout our newscasts and weather segments.

We'll also alert you on mobile and on social media if there have been changes to storm timelines, storm strength, and other factors which affect the details of the First Alert Weather Day.

You can begin to prepare now - even if a First Alert Weather Day is not in effect:

  • Bookmark our Interactive Radar on your web browser - even if your mobile device is not handy, you can still track storms down to street-level.
  • Download the free WAFF 48 News and Weather Apps so you can monitor conditions on-the-go and on your travels. You'll also be able to stream all our newscasts and special weather coverage.
  • Sign up for text alerts
  • Like WAFF 48 and our meteorologists on Facebook and Twitter - Set up a Twitter search for the hashtag #48WxDay so you can easily monitor updates.
  • Ensure you have other methods of obtaining important weather information - Check our list of radio partners, and learn how to program your weather radio - and keep the batteries inside fresh and ready in case of a power outage.