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Weekend Warm-Up Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 4 hours 16 min ago

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ABOVE FREEZING: We are seeing mostly mid 40s this afternoon across North/Central Alabama with a cobalt blue sky. Some places, like Cullman and Haleyville, are only in the upper 30s.

Photo below is from Tuscaloosa/Northport from @objectivityrach

Tonight will be another cold one, but not as cold as last night. We project a low between 23 and 26 degrees early tomorrow, with potential for the upper teens again for the colder valleys of North Alabama.

WARMER WEEKEND: Tomorrow looks like a delightful day, with ample sunshine and a high in the low 60s. Then, we reach the mid 60s Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds. Clouds thicken late Sunday, and a few showers could show up late Sunday night, especially after midnight.

NEXT WEEK: The week looks rather wet… no snow, freezing rain, or sleet this time. Periods of rain are likely Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 50s, then highs rise into the 60s over the latter half of the week, and there will be some chance of showers each day Wednesday through Friday. It will be hard to time the various periods of rain, but no doubt you will need to keep an umbrella handy.

Rain amounts of 2-3 inches look likely next week, with potential for more in a few spots.

We also note the GFS suggests potential for strong thunderstorm setup as the following weekend begins on Saturday March 14. Keep in mind we are now in the spring tornado season; it runs during the months of March, April, and May.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Vincent Elementary in Shelby County… and Jefferson Christian Academy in Birmingham. Be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted early Monday morning by 7:00 a.m…. Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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March 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - 13 hours 18 min ago
March 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Warmer Days Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 13 hours 18 min ago

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FRIGID FRIDAY MORNING: Birmingham is reporting 18 degrees at 6:00 a.m… that beats the record low for March 6… the old record was 19 set in 1960. Other pre-dawn temperatures include…

Haleyville 13
Cullman 14
Russellville 14
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 15
Bessemer 18
Gadsden 19
Center Point 19
Concord 19
Coker 20
Tuscaloosa 21
Anniston 23

We warm into the upper 40s today with a good supply of sunshine.

OUR WEEKEND: Tomorrow looks very nice; we start the day with a low in the 20s, but expect a nice warm-up with a high around 60 degrees with a sunny sky. The weather stays dry Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the mid 60s. Some rain could push into the state Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: A series of waves will keep the weather wet at times. Rain is likely late Monday, Monday night, and Tuesday morning, and another wave will bring a chance of rain Wednesday into Thursday. The sky will be mostly cloudy through the week with highs in the 60s. There might be some thunder along the way, but for now we don’t see any severe weather risk.

However, the 06Z GFS does show a potential setup for strong thunderstorms over the following weekend (March 14-15)… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I stopping by Vincent Elementary School in Shelby County, along with Jefferson Christian Academy today… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Bad Situation on I-459

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 16:36

Numerous wrecks are being reported on I-459 by State Troopers on southbound I=459 at MM 27 via John Talbot on Twitter.

This is just south of the I-20 interchange, north of Grants Mill Road.

There are injuries and extraction help is being requested.

Area roads are still dangerous where freezing rain and sleet has fallen. It is still a good idea to avoid travel for now.

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Winter Storm Winding Down

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 16:10

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FREEZING RAIN/SLEET DROPPING SOUTH: The wintry precipitation is over the for Birmingham metro, but it continues in a band from Anniston to Clanton to Marion late this afternoon. This wintry mix will fade away this evening as drier air takes over.

Temperatures are now below freezing generally along and north of I-20…

COLD NIGHT: Temperatures will drop into the 17-22 degree range early tomorrow, so any lingering moisture will be ice on roads and bridges tonight and early tomorrow morning. If you have to travel tonight, be very careful and watch for icy patches… even if the road looks dry.

WARMER DAYS: We warm into the mid 40s tomorrow, and by Saturday afternoon we will enjoy a high around 60 degrees. Both days should feature a good supply of sunshine. Most communities will stay dry Sunday, although we might consider a small risk of a shower by late afternoon as moisture increases. The high Sunday will be up in the mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Model consistency has not been good, but there will be some risk of showers during the first half of the week. The good news is that temperatures will be very pleasant with highs in the 60s; we could reach the 70s by Thursday.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Precip Ending, but Getting Colder

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 16:08

The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast across Central Alabama this afternoon. Where temps have fallen to freezing, they will not be rising back above it until the middle part of tomorrow morning. Luckily, we are seeing the main area of precipitation moving off towards the southeast as well. No additional accumulations are expected north and west of this line.

With the temps only dropping the rest of today, we are not expecting much improvement in the areas that have seen the sleet and ice, as a slushy mess remains. Impacts on travel will be persist the rest of the afternoon and through the overnight periods. The greatest threat for icing will be on the elevated surfaces as well as bridges and overpasses. Travel is not recommended through the rest of today and tonight. Temperatures will continue dropping and we are expecting lower 20s and teens for much of Central Alabama by tomorrow morning.

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Warning, Advisories Reconfigured

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 14:51

The NWS Birmingham continues the Winter Storm Warning for Jefferson, Blount, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties until 3 p.m.

They have posted a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. for counties to the east, including Bibb, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Shely. St. CLair, Sumter and Talladega.

Sleet continues across much of the Birmingham Metro area, but will begin to taper from the west over the next hour. Exposed surface such as decks are gathering an accumulation of sleet. Roads are becoming sleet covered in some areas and slushy conditions are being reported in places like Ashville, Mountain Brook and over northeastern Jefferson County. In all areas, watch out for ice on bridges.

An area of heavier sleet over Sumter and Greene Counties will affect Hale and Marengo Counties between now and 3 p.m.

Get ready for a cold night tonight with tens over the Northwest, readings near 20F in the I-59 Corridor and lower 20s elsewhere across Central Alabama.

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Band of Heavy Sleet Affecting I-59 Corridor

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:57

A band of moderate to heavy sleet is affecting many communities in a southwest to Northeast line from Sumter and Greene Counties through Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, southern Blount, southern Etowah, St. Clair and Cherokee Counties.

It is sleeting like crazy now in places like Hoover, Bessemer, Helena and Mountain Brook.

It is 32F at the Tuscaloosa Airport, 30F at the Birmingham Airport. In fact, most of the stations in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham areas are now at or below freezing.

Roads are just wet for now in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa metro areas but it is beginning to accumulate on raised and exposed objects like decks.

Travel is not recommended now in the affected areas.

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32F at Birmingham, Tuscaloosa

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:05

The temperature has reached 32F at the Birmingham International Airport and the Tuscaloosa Airport as well.

Sleet is being reported in parts of the Birmingham metro area.

Precipitation upstream is beginning to diminish, but periods of sleet and some freezing rain will affect the area from Pickens across Tuscaloosa, Jefferson and Shelby Counties over the next two hours.

Roads may become slick in areas that receive freezing rain and heavier sleet.

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Sleet Reports Increasing

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:33

Reports of sleet are becoming more common across Walker and northern Tuscaloosa and Jefferson Counties at this hour.

In the past 15 minutes, sleet has been reported at Coker in northern Tuscaloosa County as well as in the cities of Northport and Tuscaloosa. Steady sleet is reported in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Sleet is being reported as far south as Livingston in Sumter County.

Sleet is being reported in Dora, as well as in Kimberly and Hayden. Sleet is being reported around Lake Tuscaloosa.

It was 35F at the Birmingham Airport with sleet being reported last hour, but now it is down to 34F

If you are not where you are going to be this afternoon, now would be a good time to do so in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham area.

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Flirting with Freezing

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:42

We continue to monitor observations across the area as we are flirting with freezing in many locations of Central Alabama. Much of the Interstate 59 corridor continues to sit right above freezing with a very cold rain falling, and if it will stay in the mid-30s, we are going to be a good shape until later this evening. However, we are still expecting the cold air to win the battle and continue a southeastward progression.

Precipitation will persist through much of the afternoon, and it should begin to wind down by this evening. Temps will be dropping tonight well down into the 20s, so no matter what occurs today, there will be areas of ice develop tonight. Through the afternoon, we are expecting some travel issues to develop as temps fall. Bridges and elevated areas will be first to see these issues develop.

Locations in Northwest Alabama are seeing lots of frozen precip and travel issues, with temperatures in these areas in the lower to mid-20s. The sub-freezing air is ever so slowly sliding southeast and once temps fall below freezing at your location today, do not expect them to climb back above freezing until mid-morning Friday.

From the get go, it has been how fast the freezing line makes it south, on determining what kind of day we will have. A couple of degrees is and will be making all the difference today. Stay safe!

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Continuing to Watch the Thermometer

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:30

Another surge of colder air seems to be pushing into West Alabama at this hour.

Temperatures have dropped to near freezing in the Jasper area in Walker County.

It is still 37F at Tuscaloosa Regional, but the precipitation has changed to freezing rain at Coal Fire in Pickens County according to the NWS. It is 30F at Millport in southern Lamar County.

Right now, roads are still ok in the Birmingham Metro area, but there is still another wave of precipitation over Central Mississippi from Natchez to Jackson to Philadelphia to Macon. There are numerous accidents in Hinds County MS on the west side of Jackson. It is 29F at Jackson now.

We still expect the colder air to move in before the precipitation ends in the I-59 corridor from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden. But it is an uncomfortable waiting game for now.

Tonight will be very cold across the area, with teens over northwestern and northern sections, readings near 20F in the I-59 corridor and lower 20s to the south and southeast.

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Freezing Line Holding…For Now

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:57

The freezing line is holding just north of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden this hour, as if I-59 is some sort of fence.

Here are the latest temperatures:

As you can see by the regional radar, there is still lots of precipitation to our southwest.

As long as temperatures remain at 34-36F, roads will be ok. But there is still a lot of cold air to our west and northwest that is poised to move into the area. We will continue to monitor temperature trends and road reports in the I-59 corridor.

Icing is bad over Northwest and North Alabama, down into Lamar County.

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Temperatures Nearing Freezing in Birmingham Metro

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:45

It is down to 34F now at the Birmingham Airport. Readings are close to freezing now in some of the higher elevation areas around Bluff Park and up in northeastern Jefferson County around Clay.

KN3CVB in Trussville is down to 32F now according to the MesoWEST site.

It is 30F at the Cullman Airport, 36F at Tuscaloosa and 36F at the Jasper Airport.

Light to moderate precipitation continues to fall over much of Alabama along and northwest of I-59. In areas where surface temperatures are at or below freezing, a glaze of ice will quickly form. The further northwest you go, the freezing layer is deeper and the melted precip has a chance to refreeze into sleet.

Temperatures will continue to fall to near freezing across northern portions of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa County soon and to near freezing the City of Birmingham between now and 9:30.

It is advised that travel should be curtailed before temperatures reach freezing in the Winter Storm Warning and Freezing Rain Advisory areas.

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Quick Radar Check

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:35

Another day with quite the mess across the area. A quick look at the radar shows a mix of wintery precip across Northwest and North Alabama, with rain, sleet, and freezing rain falling. The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast and is approaching the Interstate 59 corridor.

Already getting reports of sleet mixed with the rain in the Birmingham metro, and once temps fall below freezing, travel issues are going to develop. Temps will continue to drop today, so do not look for conditions to improve.

The next few hours we will see a transition to freezing rain and sleet, and yes, there will be snow as the even winds down. A winter storm warning remains in effect for areas along and north of Interstate 59 until 3PM. This includes areas north of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, such as Jasper, Fayette, Hamilton, and Cullman.

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Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Pickens Being Upgraded to Winter Storm Warning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:13

The NWS is upgrading Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Pickens Counties from a Freezing Rain Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning.

Numerous reports of freezing rain and sleet accumulating across Northwest and West Central Alabama and more precipitation upstream to the southwest moving into an airmass that is getting colder by the hour will result in accumulations of sleet and a glaze of freezing rain in these counties as well. Travel is already hazardous.

Travel will become hazardous later this morning in areas which are above freezing now.

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7 a.m. Reports

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:05

Freezing rain is beginning to glaze objects in Blount County around Hayden.

Thundersleet being reported in Fayette in Fayette County and at Detroit in Lamar County. Accumulations starting.

Accumulations are also beginning around Sulligent in Lamar COunty.

One half inch of sleet in Hamilton now. Beginning to accumulate around Guin.

In North Alabama, roads are hazardous now from Quad Cities around Florence and Muscle Shoals eastward to Huntsville. Elevated portions of the Parkway are now closed. A Local Area Emergency has been declared for Limestone County.

To the west, freezing rain is beginning in the Jackson Metro area. And more precipitation is building to the southwest over Central Louisiana and Southeast Texas. This activity will move across the freezing air near the surface causing more problems from Central Mississippi into North and Central Alabama.

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March 5, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 07:01
March 5, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Icing Issues Begin Over Northwest Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 06:53

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FREEZE LINE DROPPING SOUTH: It is below freezing now over much of Northwest Alabama, where freezing rain and sleet has been falling for a few hours. NWS Huntsville reports roads and bridges in Florence/Muscle Shoals are beginning to become icy and dangerous, and we are seeing many pictures of sleet/freezing rain accumulation down into Marion, Winston and Lamar Counties. Here is a look at sleet accumulation in Muscle Shoals early this morning.. (photo from @mrsburtonhhs)

THE DAY AHEAD: No change in our forecast. The freeze line has been right on time so far, and we project it to be around I-59 (Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden) around 9:00 a.m. The freeze line will be close to Anniston by 10:00-11:00 a.m.

PLACEMENT: As we have stated here many times, the freeze line won’t be in a nice, straight line like we are showing on these maps… that is just a guideline. It could be a situation later this morning where northern sections of Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston have freezing rain, sleet, and icy travel with 30 degrees, while the southern sections of these cities have 34 degrees and a cold rain.

IMPACT: There could be enough ice accumulation in a few spots over Northwest Alabama for scattered power outages, but the main issue will be hazardous travel due to ice on bridges and overpasses, and perhaps on some black top roads.

DURATION: Temperatures will remain below freezing over much of North Alabama through the day and tonight… temperatures rise above freezing by mid-morning tomorrow, when conditions improve.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: These three days will be dry and warmer. After beginning the day tomorrow in the 17-22 degree range, we rise into the upper 40s by afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. Saturday’s high will be close to 60, and low 60s are possible Sunday. We will see some high clouds around Sunday, but the low levels remain dry and for now we won’t mention any risk of showers.

NEXT WEEK: Highs will be mostly in the 60s through the week, and some rain is possible Tuesday, with the chance of wet weather continuing into at least Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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We will have frequent updates throughout the day… stay tuned!

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Forecast On Track

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 06:05

The only change this morning is that the NWS Mobile has added a freezing rain advisory for Choctaw County.

Click on the image to expand it and see the NWS advisories and warnings across the region, as well as the current observations.

You can see freezing temperatures now extend as far south as a line from Haleyville to Decatur. There is heavy sleet now at Hamilton according to the ABC 3340 crew.

Thundersleet has been reported across Marion and Winston Counties.

Icing is already being reported from Franklin, Lauderdale and Colbert Counties. Travel will become hazardous through the morning hours across the warning and advisory areas.

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