A tornado watch means weather conditions make tornadoes possible in those counties.
Strong thunderstorms are expected to develop over the region in the afternoon, bringing with them heavy rain and the possibility for severe wind gusts.
The extreme wildfire danger in the KCBD viewing area is being described as a "particularly risky situation" by the Lubbock office of the National Weather Service.
Forecasters said models show this afternoon's line of storms making it to northwest Alabama around 1 p.m. Northeast Alabama could expect storms later this afternoon starting around 6 p.m.More news: Twice as many Britons acquired another European Union citizenship in Brexit vote year
North Alabama should brace for high winds, flooding conditions and possible tornadoes Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville.
27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans said numerous showers and a few thundershowers are in the forecast Friday, with rain and thunder continuing Friday night, and winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour at night.
"Jefferson Parish is under a "Slight" to "Enhanced Risk" of severe weather this weekend".
Wind speeds will calm down by Tuesday, the coldest day this week in the valley, with an expected 68-degree high.More news: King of Kong Villain Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records
The risky weather threat should end "prior to daybreak" on Saturday as the cold front is expected to clear the area of storms, according to forecasters.
Flash Flood Watches has been posted for the western half of the state and will last throughout the rest of our Saturday evening.
Meteorologists said the wind could ramp up even higher in parts of West Michigan overnight tonight.More news: DefExpo 2018: Govt committed to peace, its people, territory, says PM Modi