An active severe weather day turned into an active overnight for some in Alabama.
Another round of severe weather moved through north Alabama early Thursday morning — following on the heels of severe storms on Wednesday afternoon that knocked down trees and power lines in central and south Alabama.
A severe thunderstorm watch for much of north Alabama will be in effect until 5 a.m. CDT:
The Alabama counties in the watch are Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan.
The Storm Prediction Center said scattered large hail is “likely” with isolated very large hail possible. Wind gusts to 70 mph will also be possible as well as an isolated tornado.
The National Weather Service had issued multiple severe thunderstorm warnings as of early Thursday morning across north Alabama.
The weather service has gotten reports of hail the size of golf balls with some of these storms, as well as wind gusts over 50 mph.
The Storm Prediction Center has extreme north Alabama — including the Huntsville area — under an enhanced risk for severe weather overnight.
An enhanced risk means numerous severe storms will be possible.
The strongest storms could have damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail. A few tornadoes will be possible as well.
The overnight severe weather risk extends southward into central and south Alabama, where there is a slight risk, meaning scattered severe storms will be possible.
Forecasters urged Alabamians to make sure they have a reliable way to get warnings overnight if needed. Having at least two ways to get warnings is recommended, and outdoor sirens aren’t to be relied on to wake you up in the middle of the night.
Calmer weather is expected to follow the overnight storms. Forecasters will then turn attention to the weekend, when another potential severe weather threat may be taking shape for Easter Sunday.
The Storm Prediction Center already has much of Alabama under a risk of severe weather on Sunday, although this will be adjusted in the coming days.
As of now all modes of severe weather look to be on the table, including the potential for tornadoes.