First Alert Weather Day issued for Friday

Digital update, April 18 - 9 p.m.

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The WALB First Alert Weather Team has declared Friday a First Alert Weather Day.

Severe storms are expected to move-in and develop in the morning hours Friday and sweep through South Georgia into the early afternoon.


First Alert: Latest on the Enhanced Severe Threat and the Weekend Forecast.

Posted by Chris Zelman WALB on Thursday, April 18, 2019

The greatest threat of severe storms begins around 3 a.m. and ends around 1 p.m. Most of the area is now under an Enhanced Risk of severe storms. That includes a 30% chance of damaging winds, 15% chance of large hail and 5% chance of tornadoes.

The threat begins around 3 a.m.-5 a.m. along the Hwy 27 Corridor, 5 a.m.-7 a.m. to the Flint River including Albany. 7 a.m.-10 a.m. to the Highway 319 corridor. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. along I-75 eastward.

Severe threat now Enhanced along and east of the Flint River Friday.This includes Albany. #FirstAlertWeatherDay #GAWX #SWGA #DamagingWinds #LargeHail #Tornado

Posted by Chris Zelman WALB on Thursday, April 18, 2019
A depiction of the different categories of severe storms.
A depiction of the different categories of severe storms.

Windy and cooler air comes by afternoon Friday with another band of thunderstorm showers. Much cooler air comes Saturday. Lows in the mid 40s and highs in the mid 60s with breezy northwest winds. Skies clear. Coldest morning will be Easter morning in the lower to the middle 40s.

Other storm resources:

If you have to travel, make sure to check the weather conditions, watches, warnings and advisories before venturing out the door.

Review your severe weather plan and know what you should do if a severe storm or tornado is near you.

If you don’t feel comfortable riding out a storm where you live, make a plan regarding when you would leave your home and where you would go.

It’s crucial to be in an interior portion of your house away from windows during severe weather. If you’re outside for whatever reason, get to shelter immediately. You should also secure or move your outdoor furniture inside so it doesn’t get blown into other buildings causing more damage.

You also need to have an emergency kit ready with a flashlight, bottled water, prepackaged food, a first aid kit and perhaps a portable battery charger for cell phones or other electronic devices.

Below is a list of Albany radio stations that provide weather updates:

WALG 1590 AM broadcasts WALB news and weather, as does WNUQ, Nash Icon 102.1 FM.

NASH FM 104.5 WKAK airs WALB’s meteorologist forecasts.

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